The Period Rooms

The Museum of Bags and Purses is housed in one of the jewels of the Amsterdam canals.

A lovely, authentic 17th century canal house with a long and colourful history. Over the years, the building has essentially been kept in its original state; both the interior and exterior have an impressive story to tell. On the first floor, two period rooms were recently restored to their original splendour. These rooms can be booked for all sorts of events and occasions.

The rich and elegant period rooms are decorated with beautiful works of art by great masters of the 17th and 18th century. Both the Small and the Large Period Room strike a perfect balance between the refinement of the past and modern facilities and make an ideal setting for any type of special occasions: business meetings, dinners or receptions. The period rooms can also be booked as a wedding location.

A lovely, authentic 17th century canal house with a long and colourful history. Over the years, the building has essentially been kept in its original state; both the interior and exterior have an impressive story to tell. On the first floor, two period rooms were recently restored to their original splendour. These rooms can be booked for all sorts of events and occasions.

The rich and elegant period rooms are decorated with beautiful works of art by great masters of the 17th and 18th century. Both the Small and the Large Period Room strike a perfect balance between the refinement of the past and modern facilities and make an ideal setting for any type of special occasions: business meetings, dinners or receptions. The period rooms can also be booked as a wedding location.

The History of the Period Rooms

Towards the end of the 17th century, the building’s owner Pieter de Graeff decided to decorate the two rooms on the first floor according to the latest fashion at the time. Paulus de Fouchier, a painter from the Dutch province “Zeeland”, was assigned to decorate the smallest of the two rooms with a painted ceiling. Later on, Jacob Smit finished the painting with gold leaf, adding the final touch to a work of art which can still be admired in its original state 300 years later.

In the first decades of the 18th century, the Large Period Room was decorated by the painter Louis Fabritius Dubourg from Amsterdam with a chimney piece and a painted ceiling. At the same time, the Small Period room was embellished with a luxurious chimney piece, thus completing both period rooms.

“The Museum of Bags and Purses was the perfect setting for our multicultural group. The beautiful rooms on the Herengracht provided a special Amsterdam flair to our evening.”
Souraya Bouwmans Director Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI)

The Period Rooms

The Small Period Room

The Small Period Room of the Museum of Bags and Purses dates back to the 17th century. When you step into the room, your attention is immediately drawn to the painted ceiling, depicting the City Virgin of Amsterdam, surrounded by the four continents that were known at the time. Another point of interest, is the striking and beautifully decorated chimney piece. In this room, you might easily imagine yourself going back in time to the glory days of Dutch art.

The Small Period Room is pleasantly intimate. Its size makes it perfect for parties, receptions and other events for less than 40 persons.

The Large Period Room

This 18th century room is the largest of the two Period Rooms, an ideal setting for occasions with a large number of guests. The splendour and elegance of the Large Period Room is strongly reminiscent of the great palaces of the 18th century and will impress anyone who enters it.

The Large Period Room will accommodate a dinner for 45 persons or a reception for 80. If more space is required, it is also possible to book both period rooms as well as the Museum Restaurant. The period rooms can be booked for the day or for the morning or afternoon.

Questions?

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