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Museum of Bags and Purses

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Address: Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31-0-20-524-6452
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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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Great exhibit, even for the non-fashionista!

Visited the Museum with my aunt who is not as much of a fashionista as me. However we both really enjoyed it! It was a great exhibit with purses from 16th century to present day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Visited the Museum with my aunt who is not as much of a fashionista as me. However we both really enjoyed it! It was a great exhibit with purses from 16th century to present day. Lots of information about what you are viewing and was presented well. I would recommend this, even if you are with someone who is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Such a fun and quirky thing to do while in amsterdam! Not only a cool museum but a realynice café/resturant to!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Just like the perfect handbag, this museum was beautiful and functional! Set in a lovely old canal house, the museum houses three floors of handbag history including a rotating display, as well as a restaurant and shop. The oldest of the bags were fascinating and beautiful - including bags with built in binoculars, mirrors and other tools. There was also... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We walked to this museum during our visit to Central Amsterdam but we told on arrival at 4:40pm that the museum was closing. We were only allowed to look round the small shop. Shame it wasn't open later during the busy tourist season.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Me and my wife visited here and found it very interesting about all the history of bags and purses of how they were made and used through the years. They have many bags and purses used by famous people that have been donated to the museum. The entrance fee is €12.50 and at the end of your visit you have... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I am a huge collector of handbags, however this place bored me to tears at times. yes its interesting to learn purses were actually designed for men and not women but theres only so many dusty exhibits a person can take I would have preferred a gradual journey through the time finished with some modern versions or unusual exhibits, staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

A must see for any fashionista or history buff! Surprisingly diverse exhibit with all types of bags, purses and carry-alls from around the world and throughout history. Don't miss the high tea in the gorgeous 17th century tea room overlooking a canal. A charming afternoon outing whether alone or with friends.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Only visited as it was on our I Amsterdam ticket and the wife wanted to see what it was like. Not that interesting for me and I thought there would have been a lot more on modern handbags and fashion but there was not. I did learn though that handbags where more common for mens use than woman's up to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed this museum, what a great collection and the displays are excellent. Top tea room and the chance of a lovely afternoon tea in beautifully decorated rooms. The cakes are made locally too and a high standard, with great latte....good shop loved the bags with a James bond type gun sillouette , just wish I could have afforded... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Very interesting seeing the history of bags and purses. What an incredible collection over many years. The museum is located in a very beautiful canal house. There is a cafe and lovely garden to sit and rest before moving on to the next stop.

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