Outdoor museum

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

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 Van Eesteren Outdoor Museum is a highlight of post-war architecture. By taking a walk with a guide you can learn all about what made (and makes) it so special.

With the grand-scale urban renewals in the Western Garden Cities at the beginning of the 21st 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.Burgemeester De Vlugtlaan; jaren vijftig.Prentbriefkaart. Amsterdam W., Burgemeester de Vlugtlaan; circa 1960.