Outdoor museum

Discover the open air museum
Walk with a guide through the ‘living’ open air museum, with a collection consisting of houses, public gardens, shops, parks, squares and streets.  From 1951 onwards, Amsterdam’s first City Garden outside the railway ring, Slotermeer, was built here.

Van Eesteren’s town planning principle of open housing plots and building blocks has not lost its innovative character, and has remained remarkably intact in Slotermeer. The outdoor museum is a highlight of post-war architecture, and by taking a walk with a guide you can learn all about what made it so special.

With the grand-scale urban renewals in the Western City Gardens at the beginning of this century, awareness grew that Amsterdam New West represents an important cultural-historical area. As a result, Slotermeer was declared a protected townscape in 2007.


Woonblok aan de Speelmanstraat en het Gerbrandypark. Ontworpen door archictectenbureau Evers & Sarlemijn. Foto: Victorien Koningsberger.