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Museum of Bags and Purses

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Neighborhood: Rembrandtplein
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Address: Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31-0-20-524-6452
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: With a collection of more than 4000 bags, purses, trunks, pouches, cases...
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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Lovely museum and house

On beautiful canal. If you have museumcard, stop in and visit to see the house if not interested in pocketbooks. Cafe is definitely worth a visit without touring museum. On... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

Awesome collection, good lighting, well displayed and presented. Three levels. There is space for both old and contemporary style. Covered by Museumkaart

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

On beautiful canal. If you have museumcard, stop in and visit to see the house if not interested in pocketbooks. Cafe is definitely worth a visit without touring museum. On lovely Herengracht Canal.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I loved this little museum. Their collection was nicely displayed and souvenirs such as a little zipper bag with their permanent collection photo were perfect for my liking. I would go back.

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

This is amazing. Handbag heaven but also an awesome experience - beautifully curated and in the most elegant setting. The staff were very welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable. Truly inspiring - and not just for those with serious handbag habits. The historical context is fascinating. I loved it, thank you.

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Corbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This little gem is worth a visit- the history of bags right from when it was a "man thing" to present day. All manner of style and colour, well set out in quirky building. Interesting and educational - very enjoyable.

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Eastern Shore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

OK - I went along with my wife here... plus we got in free. It was an interesting history lesson for me to see how the purse evolved for women AND men. My wife was fascinated with how the styles changed with the times. I wouldn't put this number one on my list... but it was on our list.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I visited this museum with a friend who was visiting from out of town. I wasn't super excited about the visit, as I assumed it would be boring. But I was quite wrong! The evolution of handbags is fascinating! And this museum did a great job narrating the journey. I'd definitely recommend this place (although it's probably more interesting for... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

It s name covers perfectly what it is: the history of bags and purses. It does not take long,usually no waiting lines, and a perfect museum shop, where the museum s shopping bags are ideal gifts to take home, not to forget a great bag for yourself!

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Being females my friend and I thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It was fascinating to see the reason for the advent of bags and purses so long ago and then to see the exquisite examples which followed, right up to the truly whacky or wonderfully sophisticated. There were men there too, so husbands/partners should not feel uncomfortable. The café is housed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

The museum is in a beautifully restored old canal house , which in itself is worth visiting . The handbags are really well exhibited and very easy to see and examine closely through the glass showcases . Starting with the original ancient bags that men and woman needed as pockets were not invented . Then how they've become a fashion... More 

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