Monday, 24 September 2007

museum of bags and purses

When I entered this museum I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. In the heart of Amsterdam (behind Rembrantplein) is the newly relocated and absolutely unbelievable Museum of Bags and Purses. Housed in a splendid 17th century building on the Herengracht this astounding collection will have you drooling at every turn.

The museum is truly world class. It shows the history and development of the ladies bag in Western culture from the end of the Middle Ages until the present day, including the works of contemporary designers.

There are over 3500 bags, pouches, suitcases purses and other accessories which makes it near impossible to pick a favourite era, let alone a favourite piece. However, one piece that did stand out for me was the cruise ship clutch (above): leather pochette in shape of the ‘Normandie’. France, 1935. It was given to first class passengers on ship’s maiden voyage. Tres chic, mon cherie!

At the end of a visually stunning experience you can sit with your friends and justify every past and future handbag purchase over a lovely cup of tea in their café.
Or wander through the period rooms to see the building's former glory.

There is also a Friends of the Museum scheme for a minimum of €30, which is well worth the benefits, read more here.

Museum of Bags and Purses: Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam. Telephone: +31 (0)20 524 6452. Open every day from 10.00-17.00 hours. Adult entry €6.50.

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