Tour Museumpark Villa’s

27 May 2019

This tour will take you around the modernist Villas at the Museumpark. It starts and ends at the Chabot Museum. An enthusiastic guide will tell you the story of the surrounding: the former estate Hoboken and all about the origin and design of the Villapark, the inhabitants and the architecture itself.  Be sure to book your ticket in advance here.


Next to the Museum Park one can find six monumental villas in the style of the Nieuwe Bouwen, which were built from the 1930s to the mid-1960s. The white villas are surrounded by leafy gardens and together form a green island in the busy city. The idea of such a neighborhood arose in the early twentieth century. Its construction was intended to bind well-to-do citizens to Rotterdam, which saw its wealthy inhabitants leave for places like The Hague and Wassenaar. The design and set-up is closely related to the Bauhaus Meisterhäuser in Dessau. Most Museumpark villas have now been given a new function. What makes this villa park so special is that it is entirely built in modernist style. Well-known examples are the Chabot Museum (1938) and House Sonneveld (1933), two gems of the Modern Movement - the modern architectural movement that is characterized by light, air and space and the use of new materials such as steel and concrete. More examples of this modernist movement can be found in Rotterdam, such as the Kiefhoek estate, the Van Nelle factory and the Feijenoord stadium. During a tour of the Museum Park villas, a guide from UrbanGuides talks about the history of the area, the development and design of the villa park, and the architecture and interpretation of the villas. Afterwards you can have a cup of coffee at the Chabot Museum or visit the current exhibition.


Next to the Museum Park one can find six monumental villas in the style of the Nieuwe Bouwen, which were built from the 1930s to the mid-1960s. The white villas are surrounded by leafy gardens and together form a green island in the busy city. The idea of such a neighborhood arose in the early twentieth century. Its construction was intended to bind well-to-do citizens to Rotterdam, which saw its wealthy inhabitants leave for places like The Hague and Wassenaar. The design and set-up is closely related to the Bauhaus Meisterhäuser in Dessau. Most Museumpark villas have now been given a new function. What makes this villa park so special is that it is entirely built in modernist style. Well-known examples are the Chabot Museum (1938) and House Sonneveld (1933), two gems of the Modern Movement - the modern architectural movement that is characterized by light, air and space and the use of new materials such as steel and concrete. More examples of this modernist movement can be found in Rotterdam, such as the Kiefhoek estate, the Van Nelle factory and the Feijenoord stadium. During a tour of the Museum Park villas, a guide from UrbanGuides talks about the history of the area, the development and design of the villa park, and the architecture and interpretation of the villas. Afterwards you can have a cup of coffee at the Chabot Museum or visit the current exhibition.