Museum of Bags and Purses

Herengracht 573 1017 CD AMSTERDAM Phone: 020 524 6452 Timings: Mo -Su: 10:00 - 17:00 hour Closed on Wednesday 1 January 2014 Closed on Wednesday 25 December 2013.


Travel through time, history and fashion as you explore the impressive collection of handbags and accessories at the Museum of Bags and Purses. As the world’s only museum with such an extensive and specialised collection, it tells the story of the humble handbag from the late Middle Ages to the present day.Fashion as artThe Museum of Bags and Purses is one of most prestigious fashion museums in the world, with the grandeur of its items matched only by its historical canal-side location. As well as its permanent collection, there is a continual flow of themed exhibitions and showcases of young, contemporary designers from the Netherlands and abroad.LocationThe museum is located on the Herengracht in a splendid canal house dating back to 1664. The entire building was renovated in 2007 and now the original classical details are stylishly combined with modern flourishes. The welcoming museum café provides a great view of the garden, while the gift shop offers a wide range of bags from a range of designers.

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