The Largest Museum of Bags & Purses in the World

The Largest Museum of Bags and Purses in the World

The Museum of Bags and Purses, the largest of its kind in the world, will show and tell you the story of a seemingly everyday article. It is a fascinating story, featuring fashion, art, customs and history. The museum is situated in a lovely canal house in the centre of Amsterdam, part of the UNESCO World heritage Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, displaying the development of bags and purses from the Middle ages to the present day. This is the only place in the world where you will find so many beautiful, valuable, playful and exciting handbags in one collection: from historical highlights from the 15th century to the timeless classics of modern design from the most famous designers.

7 Reasons to Visit Us

  • An enormous and unique collection of over 5.000 bags and purses (from 1600 A.D. to the present)
  • Awarded the title of one of the 10 Best Fashion Museums in the World
  • The perfect chance to see the interior of a traditional Amsterdam canal house, part of the UNESCO World heritage Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam
  • A wonderful venue for a High tea or Period room lunch
  • See the iconic hand bag of Margaret Thatcher and the actual Versace bag worn by Madonna
  • Shop for bags in our award-winning Museum Shop: Best Museum Shop in Amsterdam 2014
  • An exclusive and intimate venue for weddings, business meetings, receptions and dinner

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If you’re looking for an exclusive venue in Amsterdam to receive guests for drinks, a dinner party, a reception, wedding or a business meeting, the Museum of Bags and Purses will meet all your requirements. In the monumental canal house on one of the city’s loveliest canals, you can book our 17th or 18th century period rooms for any event or special occasion you may be having, the intimate and delicate Small Period Room  or the elegant and spacious Large Period Room. A Period Room for Any Occasion: Business MeetingsDinner PartiesReceptionsWeddings


The Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam is the largest museum of its kind in the world, showing the history of the handbag in western culture from the late Middle Ages to the present time. It is the only museum in Europe exclusively dedicated to gathering expertise on the subject. Internationally, the museum is increasingly referred to as “The Bags and Purses Knowledge Centre”. The Museum of Bags and Purses seek to share the passion for handbags with you. If you wish to know more about our collection, the museum canal house and the history of the handbag, this is the place to be. The next step, of course, is to visit us and see for yourself what we’re all about. The History of Bags and PursesSchools and EducationInspirationBag DesignersCollaboration

The Bead Goes On

The Bead Goes On - From 19 June - 18 September 2016


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