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Museum of Bags and Purses

World's foremost bag collection
Enjoy 500 years of history of the Western ladies bag in a beautiful, historic canal house from 1666, located in the centre of Amsterdam.
Open every day from 10.00 - 17.00 hrs.

Newsflash: the Dutch newspaper 'Het Parool' has named the Museum of Bags and Purses' shop the best of Amsterdam


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Forever Vintage

15 September through 1 March 2015
With Forever Vintage, the Museum of Bags and Purses proves that timeless is not the same as ageless. Precious classics from the museum's collection are paired with inspired later originals and imitations, which have frequently inspired later designers in their turn.

The exhibition

Amsterdam Light Festival, 27 November 2014 – 18 January 2015

During the Amsterdam Light Festival, the Museum of Bags and Purses is exhibiting four 'sea cucumber lamps' by designer, inventor and artist Eibert Draisma in the windows of the period rooms.

More information about Eibert Draisma: www.eibertdraisma.com


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The collection

The museum shows the history of the Western ladies bag from the late Middle Ages to present day. The collection tells stories of social developments and styles in the applied arts and fashion through the centuries.

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