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Museum of Bags and Purses

Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 524 6452
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With a collection of more than 4000 bags, purses, trunks, pouches, cases and accessories dating from the late Middle Ages until today, the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam is the largest of its kind in the world.
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Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 524 6452
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

The Museum of Bags and Purses was an unexpected find on Herengracht. Several floors of beautifully displayed bags, purses and other ancient articles used to carry personal belongings. The items stem back hundreds of years and are all in excellent quality. Well worth a look.

Thank Fay P
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Well - I never thought that I would visit a museum that displayed bags, purses and many other related articles - but I did and I'm glad I did. My partner wanted to see it, and knew that this wouldn't be my first choice of...More

3  Thank Herb S
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I only found out about this museum through this site and I am so glad I went to visit. Wonderful examples of bags and purses etc and their history; you definitely do not have to be a fashionista to enjoy this museum, ( because I...More

1  Thank ahappytraveller2
Reviewed 13 October 2017

Had bought a Holland pass and used one of my free tickets for this museum. Husband is interested in antiques and history so this collection appealed to both of us. Beautiful examples of workmanship over the years. Can recommend

Thank Rod L
Reviewed 13 October 2017

didn't think this would be fun , but i hate to say it , it was good from a male prospective , the designs, materials and workmanship that went into these items was interesting to see., well worth a visit, they also have a very...More

2  Thank mrCowe
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Four floors of bags and purses, a lovey café and a cute museum shop. It's the girliest thing I've ever done, from the purses to the afternoon tea, but it was a really nice way to spend an hour. And the women running the place...More

1  Thank Katnjo86
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We spent a wonderful afternoon perusing the purses in this very well appointed museum. The chronological display of purses and handbags is very impressive and the information depicted for each is quite interesting. Seeing the evolution of purses throughout history was fascinating! The museum location...More

Thank Cynthia362
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Hundreds of years of bags and purses beautifully displayed with good descriptions. Much more than expected. A nice surprise of a museum.

Thank Shirley M
Reviewed 6 October 2017

If you're interested in the many ways men & women have devised for carrying their stuff throughout history, this is the place for you. Quite fascinating. A lovely cafe too.

Thank Joan H
Reviewed 2 October 2017

I was actually surprised how much fun this place was. I had bought a city card which allows free entrance into a number of museums and this one just happened to be on my walk so I decided to stop in. There are 3 floors...More

Thank AliceMiami27
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