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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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  • Average9%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
+31 20 524 6452
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful house with the bags displayed in time lines the staff are welcoming and the displays are over 3 floors

Thank unhappy640ttt
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are a fan of handbags you will know that tassels are having a moment. Well that's nothing new - they have been decorating handbags since the middle ages. This is a very accessible history of the evolution of the handbag from medieval times...More

Thank TrionaTriona
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are into fashion, this is a must see. One floor told the history of purses through the the use of the purse, how the designs changed based on the changing uses, fashions, and materials available. Every purse was absolutely stunning, true collectors items....More

Thank Luvtotravel833
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was referred to this by a friend, and so glad! An incredible collection spanning several centuries and including examples of many forms of bags in every conceivable material. Embroidered ones were incredible! And the recorded explanations (available in English) were very detailed and helpful. It...More

Thank Philalady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A fun and esoteric place that's worth a visit but it would have been SO much better if every item was properly labelled. It was difficult to know which labels related to which bags in some cases and some items weren't labelled at all. Pop...More

Thank AntiwhingersRus
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Greatly curated museum in a beautiful canal house. The museum is quite small, but is definitely worth an hour and a half of your time when visiting the canals in the city centre. The museum holds a surprising collection of unusual bags and historical purses,...More

Thank Rachelle G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had made this a venue to visit but my wife wasn't sure. After our visit she'd changed her mind. The medieval purses were fascinating. Even Maggie's famous handbag was on show with a photo of her holding it: perhaps we need it again for...More

Thank William Raleigh P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the museum on a trip to Amsterdam in July. There were some unusual pieces in the collection and I found the history of bags and purses more interesting that I was expecting. The museum wasn't too busy so I could look round at...More

Thank Northwestie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An incredible collection charting the history of bags and purses. Set in a stunning building with an excellent café and restaurant. There was even an exhibition about men's bags whilst we were there.

Thank Leah O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I brought my girlfriend here for her birthday as a present. At first i was a bit worried I wouldn't find it that interesting however I really enjoyed it! The museum takes your through 400+ years of bags and their uses throughout the ages. A...More

Thank James B
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically
significant as it is perennially popular. Whether
you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast,
shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the
Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the
Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get
lost in a moody meander and a key component to any
sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws
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