Unique selection

For this exhibition, Museum of Bags and Purses made a unique selection from the collection with the oldest bags. Normally the visitor on the third floor of the museum discovers the bags from the 16th to the 19th century, but in connection with the refurbishment this floor is closed to the public during the months from February to the end of April. The other floors of the museum are open to the public as usual. In the temporary exhibition space the visitor is treated to a special overview through the 100 highlights and learns about the bag in the Middle Ages and in the Golden Age.

Oldest bags

The collection with the oldest bags consists of a diverse collection of exhibitions, wallets, braces, thighs and bead bags. The bags for the elite in the period between 1600 and 1900 were mostly made of special materials such as turtle, ivory, polished steel and wood. The bag was from the earliest times a useful tool for both men and women. Because clothing did not yet have inner pockets, bags and purses were used for carrying money and other personal items. From the late Middle Ages to the seventeenth century, bags and purses were attached hanging on the belt or belt. With the arrival of the inner pockets in men's clothing at the beginning of the seventeenth century, the bag slowly became obsolete.