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“Light hearted and fascinating” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Bags and Purses

Museum of Bags and Purses
Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Canal Ring (Grachtengordel))
31-0-20-524-6452
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Ranked #32 of 576 things to do in Amsterdam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Light hearted and fascinating”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

This muesum was very well exhibited and has some stunning and fascinating pieces. We really enjoyed the few hours we spend here.

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“Museum of bags and purses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This is a small museum, not many exhibits, but fun to visit. It is off the beaten path, so it was not at all crowded, but we didn't really learn a lot. It has a very nice gift shop (of purses, wallets, etc.)

Visited December 2013
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“An absolute MUST see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

So you ask one handbag is much like another..WRONG This place is astounding in its historical content and the excellent way it timelines the story of the handbag from around the 15th century to today. There is a section on Chatelaines and at the moment a delightful fan exhibition dealing with 'the fan' in advertising plus purses and vesta cases, from the tiny to the magnificent.
Lifts to all floors, lockers to put your winter coats and excess baggage in and a tea room to die for with wonderful canal views and astounding painted ceilings..book an afternoon tea !!
A must see attraction even my husband was impressed.......

Visited January 2014
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Huntington Beach, California
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“Beautiful little museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

The Museum of Bags and Purses is housed in a beautiful 17th Century Canal House on Herengracht. Fascinating selection of purses and bags. Well laid out and excellent Dutch and English commentary. History lesson was excellent. Purses range from the 16th Century up to the most modern. Check their website for special events while you are in town. You can make reservations for High Tea. Cafe is quaint and overlooks a garden. We stopped in for a coffee and dessert after our browse through the library. Lunch is also served. This is definitely a hidden gem in Amsterdam and worth a visit.

Visited January 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Much more than just bags and purses...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

... not only Gucci or Louis Vutton or Dior historic purses, but a complete history of the evolution of purses (men and women). The displays provide explanations of the history, the materials used (ivory, beads, leather, plastics, fleece, etc.) and the country of provenance. Very interesting exhibit, but the building is also something to see with the beautifully decorated ceilings in the rooms of the first floor. There is a tea room where you could enjoy scones and jam. During my visit there was a special exhibit on fans (éventails) used in France for promoting products or theaters. A museum to see while in Amsterdam.

Visited January 2014
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