Fashion as art

The Museum of Bags and Purses is one of most prestigious fashion museums in the world, with the grandeur of its items matched only by its historical canal-side location. As well as its permanent collection, there is a continual flow of themed exhibitions and showcases of young, contemporary designers from the Netherlands and abroad.


The museum is located on the Herengracht in a splendid canal house dating back to 1664. The entire building was renovated in 2007 and now the original classical details are stylishly combined with modern flourishes. The welcoming museum café provides a great view of the garden, while the gift shop offers a wide range of bags from a range of designers.