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Museum of Bags and Purses

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Address: Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 524 6452
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Something real for girls - Bags museum

I was positive surprised by my last visit of this compact Handbags and purses museum in Amsterdam. Small, cosy en inspire. You can see the evolution of the handbag in 500 years... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Marina S
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I was positive surprised by my last visit of this compact Handbags and purses museum in Amsterdam. Small, cosy en inspire. You can see the evolution of the handbag in 500 years. Historical building is beautiful. Lunch room is wonderful, You can get there High thee. Good quick service. The museum shop is super good!

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Thank Marina S
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was fascinating seeing the history through the centuries, and then seeing how that has influenced the designer bags of today. It was also really cool seeing the extra exhibition of Royal Bags. I believe it only runs a few more months.

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Thank Ihearttravel100
Houten, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As in the entrance, you are welcomed with enthousiasm. You can choose to browse the shop at the end, but it is there already inviting you to shop now with the most beautiful bags. Then you enter the journey back in time, for style and inspiration. If you reserve the most glam high-tea, this will be another highlight of a... More 

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Thank MissBrasileirice
Port Orange, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum of bags and purses is actually a store with a museum in back. There is no charge to enter the store but you pay to go into the museum section. There are a lot of these types of stores in Amsterdam,for example, tulip museum, cheese museum

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Thank glennawalkden
Amsterdam
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A small museum, but what a lovely collection. There is a lot of explanation on the side and a good audio tour. Not be missed, as a girl can never have too many bags! Afterwards, go for a coffee in their restaurant, and pretend you live in those beautifully decorated rooms!

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Thank Captain_Cee
Ireland
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited as it was included on the I Amsterdam card. The museum exhibits bags and purses from the beginning of time right through to the present day including designer bags and bags owned by royalty. There is a special exhibition at the moment royal bags including bags from Princess Grace of Monaco and the Dutch Roysl family. It displays... More 

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Thank YvetteOB
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If this is your thing then you will enjoy it immensely. The owner/curators have spared little in assembling the collection over multiple floors - one warning, it is quite expensive ... we paid EUR 14 per adult for access including the Royal Bag exhibition

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Thank Martin V
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting, but more for the ladies. Not worth the time nor the cost if you pay a separate entry fee. They still charged a small supplement for a "special" exhibit. Visit if you have time and a museum pass.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Dutch designer as well as others show the pretty, pretty weird and bizarre in handbag fashions. this is very difficult area to park.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

I made a point of seeing this museum while in Amsterdam. Strictly for fans of handbags and purses. Housed in a lovely old building with lots of stairs but has an elevator for those not too keen on climbing the stairs. There is an onsite cafe as well. Staring at the wonderful collection of handbags and purses contemplating how they... More 

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