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Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

By January 24, 2017August 14th, 2021Travel + Culture

For accessory lovers, Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses will energize your lust.

Discover the history of bags and purses in Amsterdam’s Tassen Museum.

Museum of Bags and Purses

This was my second or third time in Amsterdam and I set my radar on museum tours only.

I’d noted the Museum of Bags and Purses because of my visit to the Esse Purse Museum in Little Rock, AR. During our tour, the curator shared that there were only three museum of bags and purses in the world, so I decided to see them all.

….second museum of bags and purses

Museum of Bags and Purses

Two of the three museum of bags and purses began as a single handbag in a private collection. The collection began in the 1820s with a small tortoise shell leather handbag. Original collector, Hendrikje, previously collected small antique oddities that he eventually began to trade. Trading and collecting grew for collectors, Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo, who once housed a small museum within their home. With joy, their passion grew from the bounds of their intimate space and required a space and location that could accommodate the vast growth of their business.

Museum of Bags and Purses

Upon arrival, the museum exudes opulence. Handbags are arranged by period with each section flanked with robust history and personal tales.

Museum of Bags and Purses

See Inside

Looking to indulge in perceived elegance, schedule a visit during high tea. High tea is enjoyed in one of the period rooms featured in the video. The rooms are inviting with views of the heart of Amsterdam.

Museum of Bags and Purses


Museum of Bags and Purses

Moving throughout the museum is fairly uncomplicated for those without mobility needs. However, there are challenges for those who need to use the elevator. At the time, there was only one elevator in operation and it was quite slow.

Museum of Bags and Purses

There is a small cafe within the museum and high tea. I did not participate in either because I had other museums to visit that day.

After touring the museum, many peruse the handbag shop for general souvenirs or handbag purchases.


Because of the treatment received in the Handbag Shop, I can not recommend this museum. The distasteful manner in which I was first ignored, then followed around like person with an agenda, I was repulsed by the entire experience. Therefore, unless you’re a staunch handbag enthusiast, put Tassen Museum of Bags and Purses on the back burner. There are far too many points of interest in Amsterdam to be annoyed with poor customer service in a dark, depressing space.

You may access the museum by one of the canal taxis or by a hired car such as Uber.

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