1 hour

Discover the history of the bags

Yes, you heard correct, there is a museum entirely dedicated to the art of bags and purses! Hurray! The Museum of Bags and Purses has a collection of more than 5.000 bags, pouches, suitcases, purses and matching accessories, frequently praised internationally for its diversity and quality. It is situated in the heart of Amsterdam.

Not only the different models, materials and designs are on display but you can also follow the history of the accessory. Have a look at 500-year-old bags and suitcases and admire the purses of Madonna and Margaret Thatcher for instance.

Who thought of this great idea? Well, “Tassenmuseum Hendrikje” is founded by a lady named Hendrikje (a typical Dutch name). She developed a passion for vintage handbags and when her collection grew, she thought she should share it with the world!

In a magnificent 17th century canal house, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, you will unlock the history of the bag from the Middle Ages to the present day. This is the only place you will find so many special and exciting bags under one roof. From unique historical items to timeless classics produced by world famous brands and up-and-coming designers.

Special exhibitions are always on in the Museum of Bags and Purses, linked to fashion icons we love. So if you are into fashion and culture, this is your perfect destination!

LOCATIONHerengracht 573, Amsterdam
OPENING TIMESOpen daily from 10:00 – 17:00
The museum is closed on the 25th of December, the 1st of January and the 27th of April.From Monday the 5th of February 2018 until Sunday the 11th of February 2018 the museum will be closed due to the renovation of the permanent collection (16th-19th century collection).
TRANSPORTATIONFrom Amsterdam Central station you can take tram 9 or 4, stop: Rembrandtplein,  Tram 16, 24 or 25, stop: Keizersgracht. Metro 51, 53 or 54, stop: Waterlooplein.
From Central Station it is a 25 minute walk to the museum
BEST TIME TO VISITBefore 12.00 or after 16.00
TICKET TYPEMobile accepted, scan the QR code

Extra information


There is a free audiotour available on the Izi app that works offline as well. In addition, for only €1,- there also is a do-it-yourself tour available.


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All floors accessible with elevators

Are you looking for more special museums in the neighborhood? Maybe the Kattenkabinet or the Museum of the Canals are a good idea!

  • A collection of more than 5.000 bags, pouches, suitcases and purses
  • A museum situated on the beautiful canal, Herengracht
  • 500 year old bags and purses

Funny bags and purses at the museum Amsterdam
Front building museum bags and purses
Front building Museum Bags and purses Amsterdam

Tour Reviews

4.00 based on 1 review
January 5, 2018

Went here with my gran, she loved it!!!
The hightea in the restaurant should be booked in advance, keep that in mind.

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