A breath-taking collection
Explore more than 5,000 of the most unique pieces – from bridal bags to coin purses, from satchels to shoulder bags, from reticules to evening bags. View the handbag of Prime Minister Thatcher, Madonna and Hillary Clinton. See the finest works of fashion icons like Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermès, and Dutch greats like Hester van Eeghen.
An historic canal-side building
The Museum of Bags and Purses is located in a real House: a former mayor’s residence dating from the 17th century and which is now part of a UNESCO world heritage site known as the Amsterdam Canal Ring Area.
Few canal-side buildings are as well-preserved as this one. The stairwell in particular appeals to the imagination, and, in the elegant period rooms, guests can fancy themselves going back in time to the Dutch Golden Age while enjoying an elegant lunch or High Tea.
Since the museum opened on Herengracht in Amsterdam in 2007, its world-famous permanent collection as well as its varied and inspiring programme are now attracting around 70,000 visitors from the Netherlands and abroad.
An elegant High Tea or lunch
On the museum’s entrance level are two splendid period rooms with historic ceiling paintings created in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here, guests can enjoy a festive High Tea or special lunch with a view of the enchanting Herengracht.
In the conservatory, we serve delightful coffee and tea, petit fours, various tarts and an à la carte lunch.
Our museum shop is just the place to discover a carefully assembled collection of the best Dutch and international design - from unique bags and accessories to books and gift items.