Enjoy 500 years of history of the Western ladies bag in a beautiful, historic canal house from 1664, located in the centre of Amsterdam. The museum began as the private collection of Hendrikje Ivo, who collected bags for 35 years.
25 March through 15 September
You'll undoubtedly come across your own schoolbag, or perhaps one used by your parents or children. Although your own bag may remind you of teachers, of games played in the schoolyard and old schoolfriends, the schoolbag is more than a personal memory alone. The schoolbag represents changes that have taken place in Dutch education and society throughout the centuries.
In 2013 the City of Amsterdam is celebrating 400 years of its ring of canals. The Museum of Bags and Purses would like to tell you more about the De Graeff family, who lived in this building on the Herengracht from 1664 to 1767.