Experience the 1950s in our museum house
Museum houses abound along the canals of central Amsterdam, but in Slotermeer you can also find a slice of Amsterdam life in the 1950s. On Freek Oxstraat in New West you can experience how people lived in a modern family house in the 1950s. Heating with a coal stove, calling with ‘a big bakelite apparatus’ and cooking in a Bruynzeel-kitchen. The model house has been fully decorated in accordance with the principles of the ‘Stichting Goed Wonen’ (Association for Good Living). This Stichting was created after the Second World-War and brought together idealistic architects, designers, manufacturers, shopkeepers and consumers who strived for a type of home furnishing in which each family member could optimally develop.
The Van Eesteren Museum House in Slotermeer was opened in October 2012, when the district existed for exactly 60 years. The establishment of the Museum House represents an example of the new trend towards cooperation, recycling and sharing.
Together with housing corporation ‘de Alliantie’ the residence has been refurbished to its original state. Its furnishings and interiors were donated by local residents and other interested people. Volunteers helped to restore the goods, and to clean and decorate the house. The result is a museum house of and for us all.
Visit the Van Eesteren Museum House
The Van Eesteren Museum House in Amsterdam New-West can be visited all year round:
1. With a guide: Thursdays to Sundays at 14:30.
2. Independently with an audio tour: every Friday and Saturday at 12:30.
Both visits are in Dutch. In consultation with the guide (visit of 14:30), translations into English are often possible (but not guaranteed).
Starting point of both visits is the Van Eesteren Pavilion.
From there you will walk to the museum house (approx. 15 min.) and visit the house.
In case of the visit with a guide, the guide will accompany you during the whole visit, including the walk to the museum house and back to the pavilion.
Both visits take about 1,5 hours in total.
Access to the Van Eesteren Pavilion is included in the ticket price.
The Van Eesteren Museum House is part of the Iconic Houses Network. The website of Iconic Houses provides an overview of architecturally significant houses over the world that are open to the public.