Exploring the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam has no shortage of museums and contains several kinds of them focusing on different aspects. In fact, it is difficult to find another city in Europe that matches the variety of museums found in Amsterdam. There is a museum for everything from art, architecture, décor, and even microbes. While embarking on any Amsterdam city tours, a visit to these museums is guaranteed to make the sightseeing a memorable experience. The sheer diversity of items displayed will surely delight anyone interested in those specific exhibits.

The Tassenmuseum Hendrikje or the Museum of Bags and Purses is noted for its distinctive exhibits that feature a treasured collection of bags from the 16th Century to the present. In fact, the museum is known as the largest collection of bags and purses in the world. Visitors who are eager about fashion and its latest trends will find this museum a worthwhile place. Besides the permanent exhibits, the Museum of Bags and Purses also conducts several temporary exhibitions of various designers.

Inside the Museum

The Museum of Bags and Purses is actually the private collection of the antique dealer, Hendrikje Ivo who set it up to house her extensive collection of 4000 bags. Opened in 1996, the location of the museum was then shifted to the Herengracht canal house. Known for its historical significance, the canal house was actually constructed in 1664.

The interiors of the museum are known for its luxury and the well-lit exhibit provides an exceptional viewing experience. There are several rooms inside where temporary exhibitions are held and even have a handbag shop, where visitors can purchase antique and trendy bags and purses.


The Museum of Bags and Purses holds an impressive collection of over 5000 bags and purses from the middle ages to the present day. This enables a chance to understand the development and evolution of bags over the decades. Some of the prominent objects displayed in the museum are the Versace evening bag carried by Madonna, Aluminum Handbag, 17th Century Goat’s leather belt pouch, the Cupcake, DKNY leather backpack, and numerous other antique and modern bags made by prominent designers.

Getting There

The Museum of Bags and Purses is located on the Herengracht canal near to the Rembrandtplein. It is easier to get to the museum from a short walk from the Rembrandtplein. Visitors can get on the tram number 4 and 9 and then alight at the Rembrandtplein stop for getting to the museum.

The Museum of Bags and Purses is open daily from 10:00 am to 05:00 pm with the exception of January 1, April 27, and December 25. For adults, the fee for entering the museum is €9 and it is €6 for schoolchildren aged 13 to 18 years. Children up to 12 years of age are granted free entry to the museum.