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Tassenmuseum Hendrikje (Hendrikje Museum of Bags and Purses)

  • Herengracht 573 Map It
  • Eastern Canal Ring
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

In a building from 1664, this unusual museum has the largest collection (more than 5,000) of handbags, purses and accessories in the world, plus regular exhibitions highlighting the work of contemporary designers. There are beautiful examples going back several centuries and even a few "man bags"—check out the goatskin model with 18 secret pockets that could be buckled to the belt of a 16th-century merchant-about-town. And what's not to love about a leather clutch bag in the shape of a luxury liner complete with funnels (it was a freebie for first-class passengers on the maiden voyage of the ocean liner Normandie in 1935) or a 19th-century wallet with an embroidered love poem? All of this is the collection of one woman, Hendrikje Ivo, and it all started with a tasseled bag bought in Norwich, England. There are workshops for kids, a café overlooking a lovely garden, and (of course) a shop.

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Herengracht 573, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1017 CD, Netherlands

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Sight Details:

  • €9.50
  • Daily 10–5

Published 11/18/2015


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