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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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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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I'm an avid purse collector myself, so love this place. However, I have taken many people (men and women) to this museum as it's just a great experience. It is the perfect size to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I'm an avid purse collector myself, so love this place. However, I have taken many people (men and women) to this museum as it's just a great experience. It is the perfect size to be interesting, but not big enough for those who aren't are interested in fashion to become bored. A great afternoon.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Only in Amsterdam :-). The collection is really well presented and the variety of bags and clutches and purses and and and is amazing. If you like fashion history, this is a must.

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La Verne, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum for those of us who love fashion! Purses from the 1500's to current high fashion labels. Fantastic gift shop! Plus comfy seats in the lobby for husbands who don't want to come in :)

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NY, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Gem of a museum if you are into fashion---especially handbags. It is a full house of bags -- arranged by time period and takes you through the complete history of purses. Cool gift shop. Not at all crowded.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The ONLY reason my husband and I stopped in to see this charming museum was that it was included as a free admission on our Iamsterdam card and we passed by it en route from the Van Loon House Museum (excellent) to the Willet-Holthuysen. The exhibit (starting way up on the top story) was fascinating to us both – we... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

AMAZING Historical information about purses from when only men used purses due to pocketless trousers to modern day. Allshapes and sizes. Bags in the shape of Madonna musical instruments

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Surprisingly interesting museum, even if you are not excited by handbags. It is in a beautiful old canal house in a stretch of the canal where the wealthiest people built their houses, and is almost worth the entrance just to go in and see such a gracious and lovely building. The handbags are also very interesting, they go back about... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is a lovely little museum covering the history of bags, including men's bags and travelling bags. It probably won't take more than an hour to explore, if that. It is a perfectly manageable size but informative. The cafe/bar has a nice feel and the afternoon tea looked good.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This museum in a fabulous canal house which is great to see in itself. The museum has great displays. They have some excellent items and we'll displayed. It was interesting to see the history of how people used these items and the changes that come over time. Some things of interest were bags ladies used to carry their sewing or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

OK I'm not exactly the Gok Wan man when it comes to handbags and purses, and the fact that there is a museum for them made me want to check my temperature to see if I was feverish and delusional. But there it was. The Other Half wanted to visit so I dutifully tagged along, not really holding my breath.... More 

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Address: Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31-0-20-524-6452
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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 include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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