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Museum of Bags and Purses

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Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Address: Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 31-0-20-524-6452
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Agent 86 Calling

Reference to Agent 86 is the secret agent in Get Smart who answers his Shoe phone. There is a purse like a phone in this museum. Spent a delightful late morning going through the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2013
Vancouver, Canada

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Vancouver, Canada
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31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

Reference to Agent 86 is the secret agent in Get Smart who answers his Shoe phone. There is a purse like a phone in this museum. Spent a delightful late morning going through the museum, had a nice lunch and finished off with a a good shopping spree. Interesting history on purses. Well displayed in a beautiful old home from... More 

1 Thank adipati
Dundee, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

Two floors of handbags - pleasure for ladies, torture for guys ;) but how many handbags museums are you going to visit in your life? Probably only this one. Collection could be bigger (for me, for my hubby it was too big). Overall the time well spent. Look for little discount cards for attractions in your hotels- you'll get 20%... More 

1 Thank Sylwia G
Toronto, Canada
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58 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

After the crowds of the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, this is offers a lovely change of pace. Located in a sumptuous old canal house, the museum offers a fascinating look at the history of the purse and hand bag. Start by taking the elevator to the top floor and then work your way down. Be sure to stop... More 

1 Thank Dennis M
Tel Aviv, Israel
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The visit was nice, but for me it was a little bit boring. The exhibition is beautiful organized, but if you are not really into fashion and fashion history it’s not the place for you.

1 Thank Revital G
Frankfurt, Germany
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I happily spent 3 hours here marvelling at the history of the handbag stretching far back into antiquity. The collection is tasteful and very fascinating. The canal house formerly belonged to a very wealthy family in the 1800s and is a museum in itself. The cafe is lovely and you can sit in a wonderful period room with a beautiful... More 

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park city, utah
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

A well documented and fascinating history of the handbag and purse including school bags and backpacks. small Jewel of a museum packed with examples in a lovely setting on a canal. Don't miss traditional afternoon tea with a dutch twist including locally made sausage in a flaky pastry crust and tiny pastries.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

I was debating with myself whether to visit this museum as I thought my partner would die of boredom. He found it interesting as well with bags and purses dating back to the 1700s. There were also items belonging to famous people past and present. Ladies beware this museum contains a shop where you may be tempted to make a... More 

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Banbridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

My wife saw this when we were on our canal boat ride and said she would like to go. I was a bit sceptical but decided to go and we both enjoyed it. It gives a history into the bags and there is loads to read and see. there were a lot of women there which was to be expected... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Fun museum with beautiful and interesting bags and purses. Very nice and tempting giftshop too1 Wish I had none about the lovely tearoom and I would have scheduled my lunch around their offerings, especially since it is only open to paid museum visitors......

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Reading, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3,161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

My husband and I really enjoyed this museum. I had to drag him in and he only agreed to go because it was covered by the Museumkaart. We both really enjoyed it. There is an extensive presentation about the history of purses and how they evolved over time. There was also a special exhibit of school bags which was fascinating.... More 

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