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Museum of Bags and Purses

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Address: Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 524 6452
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10:00 - 17:00
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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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My wife adored this place, but to be fair I really enjoyed it too. The collection is impressive; over 5,000 items. The social history behind purses and bag is genuinely... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to this musuem not knowing what to expect. It was lovely, a bit expensive for what there is. I wasnt that inpressed with it, although i didnt know what to expect. We did get a bit lost trying to find the place and it was raining and we got soaked, so to find that the musuem has lockers... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife adored this place, but to be fair I really enjoyed it too. The collection is impressive; over 5,000 items. The social history behind purses and bag is genuinely intriguing. 12.50EUR entry is reasonable by Amsterdam prices.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we ended up inside the Museum of Bags and Purses because of a sudden storm (and thanks to our Museumkaart, which made admission free), we actually spent a fair amount of time inside and learned a lot about the subject matter. The early history of purses is extremely well presented, with images providing context for the fine objects exhibited.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like most wives Natalia is into handbags and wanted to visit. I was up for a couple of beers while she visited what I considered a boring event. Surprise, surprise! I really enjoyed the visit.

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Not bad, but would definetely recommend other museums above this one, such as the Amsterdam Museum or the Hermitage.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

A choice view of a collection comprised of more than five thousand bags and purses. Even hubby was marveling at the bags. We got to enjoy the Royal Collection exhibit!

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This great museum on the canal has so many bags on display. From centuries ago up to now. I love to see the diversity of bags. Such an inspiration! And the museum director is so kind to gave us a tour!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

I was in this museum, which I really liked when they had the Royal Bags on display. Although this was just one room it was really well done with big displays what is hidden in those bags (they had the Queen's bag, Sissi's bag and the one of Grace Kelly as an example) of course there are bags of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

This is definitely a nice place for a mother/daughter date! My mom and I went here and we loved it! They have so many unique purses and bags. They even include some royal bags and purses as well. Definitely recommend the audio guide tour. It's a small museum, but any woman will love this museum!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Very interesting display of purses through the years. Some stunning art deco pieces, real pieces of art. Besides the permanent collection there are changing exhhibitions as well.

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