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Esse Purse Museum

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Passing Through 1900-1999

This Purse Museum is the coolest place!!! Great detail about when, what and why having to do with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
donnabX6900XK
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Houston, Texas
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Great place to take visitors

My two friends and I came here after a lunch outing. It was interesting and fun to see the special... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Peaches18G
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Arkansas
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Dedicated purse museums in the world are rare jewels of history: Amsterdam, Seoul and Little Rock claim the distinction of being home to the three brick-and-mortar galleries in existence. ESSE Purse Museum at 1510 Main in the SoMa district of Little...more
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1510 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202-5038
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This Purse Museum is the coolest place!!! Great detail about when, what and why having to do with purses. Amazing collection. I recognized purses from my great grandmother’s, grandmother, my Moms, and my own. Not to be missed!!!

Thank donnabX6900XK
Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So glad that you enjoyed your visit! We love when our guests connect with the collection and remember their loved ones. Hope you can come back again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My two friends and I came here after a lunch outing. It was interesting and fun to see the special exhibit. Nice little gift shop too.

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Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting us. We hope you will come back to see the new special exhibits and items in the shop.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tiny little museum attached to a much much larger purse store. Purses are incredible and you can find lots of great choices. See absolutely no reason why they charge anything to go into that tiny pathetic little museum. $10 per person.More

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Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting us and taking the time to write a review! I'm sorry that you did not enjoy the museum. Most of our guests enjoy learning about women's history through the purse and its contents. Our store is actually smaller than...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had time to kill, so glad I chose this museum! It was very well laid out and did an excellent job of show casing women's purses through the decades along with how their use has changed through the year. There were some very beautiful pieces...More

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Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our museum and write a review! We hope you will visit us again the next time you are in town to see what is new.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a blue collar male, I enjoyed this museum as much as my wife did. I found it significant in its portrayal of women's role changes through out the last hundred and twenty years. It provided a glimpse into a time when women had style...More

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Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

What a fabulous and thorough review! Thank you so much for visiting with us. I've talked with Treopia, Tiffany, Jenifer, and Carly and they all said that they thoroughly enjoyed visiting with you two as well. We hope you come back for a visit the...More

Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Museum cost $8 for Seniors. It was well laid out and had items from each decade in free standing display cases. There was a long blurb about the items on the end caps. Disappointed because it said there were royalty and First Ladies purses. But...More

Thank Diane H
Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the review! I'm not sure where the text is that mentions royalty and First Ladies bags, please email us and let us know so that we can correct it. info@essepursemuseum.com As you mentioned, we do have temporary exhibits that change out...More

Reviewed 25 October 2018 via mobile

Small, but exquisite! Super friendly staff. Great gift shop. The museum is beautifully arranged with items by decade, and exhibits that change. So fun! We will definitely visit again next time we are in Little Rock.

Thank 351KarenS351
Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We love to hear when our guests (and their husbands!) enjoy the museum and store. Thank you for your review and we look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Purses👜 so unique. Loved this museum as we enjoyed Little Rock after 23 years. Great addition to the city. The history stories of purses were well written with tidbits of data, I had never heard. The gift shop had purses for sale. Wonderful stop.

Thank Bruce C
Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and to write a review. We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 21 September 2018

A wonderful nostalgic collection of purses--and their contents over the last centuary--not only reminded me of my grandmother, my mother but also myself!!! Wonderfully presented and empowering for women!! The shop also has amazing bags, purses glasses and gifts--a wonderful morning!

Thank HELEN F
Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So glad that you were able to visit us on your travels, and thank you for taking the time to write a review. If you are ever in town again, please come visit us.

Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

We ventured from west LittleRock to downtown Main for lunch at Roots (excellent selection of local produce) and then visited the Esse Purse Museum. What a surprise, great display by decade with a well written narrative about each period and the style. Also a neat...More

Thank rayg210
Ally W, Manager at Esse Purse Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

So glad you were able to visit us! Don't be strangers, we would love for you to come back and see what's new at ESSE.

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Diane H
4 September 2018|
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Response from Ally W | Property representative |
Hi Diane! Thank you for your question. Yes, we are ADA compliant. We have a handicap accessible side entrance in our parking lot.
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