Discover the history and development of the bag from the 17th century to the present in the Hendrikje Tassenmuseum, in Amsterdam. You will find handbags, pouches, pockets and cases and the museum is one of the 10 best fashion museums in the world with more than 5.000 bags. It is also located in a beautiful canal house from 1666. You definitely have to visit this museum if you love fashion.
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Pocket Museum Hendrikje
Museum of Bags and Purses
This museum is located in Amsterdam in a building of the Herengracht 573. The building is part of the "grachtengordel" world cultural heritage and the pocket collection of the museum is considered the largest pocket collection in the world.
History of the Museum of Bags and Purses
Hendrikje Ivo was a great collector of handbags and for 35 years she collected various bags. In 1996 she opened her first exhibition in her apartment in Amstelveen. Another ten years later, due to lack of space, she had to close her exhibition first, whereupon an anonymous donor allowed her to move to the current building, the Herengracht.
About Museum of Bags and Purses
The museum's collection consists of approximately 5,000 objects, including briefcases, bags, purses, handbags and shoulder bags from well-known fashion houses and designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermés. In the museum you will learn that behind every bag there is a story.