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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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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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Handbag heaven - If you're interested in fashion, don't miss this.

If I'm honest, this was the museum I was most looking forward to seeing during my recent stay in Amsterdam, and I wasn't disappointed. I must say that I love handbags so I was in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2012
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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012 via mobile

If I'm honest, this was the museum I was most looking forward to seeing during my recent stay in Amsterdam, and I wasn't disappointed. I must say that I love handbags so I was in my element - this is definitely one for lovers of bags, fashion and/or design. It's a small museum that makes good use of its setting... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

What an interesting museum! Both my husband and I enjoyed it. In my eyes, the museum told the history of mankind through the display of the purses and bags used throughout the centuries - right on up to the present. The quaint canal house was the perfect venue for the collection. Be sure to allow a few minutes for a... More 

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Kilkenny, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

To be honest it was my number one museum to visit when planning trip to amsterdam. After looong searching for the place we went through few floors to see bags from the very historical ones to designers of these days (chanel, LV, gucci etc) Even I found it a bit boring but my boyfriend was brave :-) The nicest thing... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

You will love it if you are a purse fanatic. It is interesting as it shows fashion throughout different decades. To be honest we went as part as the museum night, but I wouldn't pay a normal ticket to view it. But then again, I am not a purse or shoe fanatics ... I can see the fashion interested ladies... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Nice little museum if you like fashion, we went as it was free with our Amsterdam passes, not sure i would pay for entry but if you have a pass then its worth a look

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Cap d'Ail, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2012

A girlfriend and I visited this 17th century canal house museum whilst in Amsterdam last week. Enjoyed seeing the remarkable collection of handbags/purses/shoes over the past 500 years. Also reminisced on seeing the selection of platform clogs/shoes similar to the ones we wore back in the 70's. Very much a "girlie" thing.

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Carshalton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

I really enjoyed this little museum with its collection of bags and purses (and a few shoes as well); it tells the history of how bags evolved from chatelaines to handbags and clutches and contains some iconic pieces. I was a little disappointed by the gift shop - I'm a sucker for anything bag and shoe related but it didn't... More 

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London, England
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63 reviews 63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

This was recommended to us and was well worth visiting. A beautiful building and an exquisite collection put together by people with passion. Good cafe too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Fascinating museum telling the history of bags and purses. A lovely cafe there too! Mostly ladies - I wonder why!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Went on a lark, was much better and more extensive than expected. Great little cafe for tea and coffee at the end which was very well done as well.

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