The Netherlands may be known for her tulips, clogs and museums but not a lot of people know that the country is home to one of the world’s most popular museums dedicated to purses and handbags. The Tassenmusem or better known as Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam is where the history of bags and purses come together with the beauty and colour of bags to give visitors an extraordinary insight into the world and history of fashion – both vintage and modern.
From Personal Passion to a Unique Museum
The museum of purses and bags all started with Hendrikje and Heinz Ivo. Hendrikje Ivo was always a collector of all kinds of small antiques and curiosities. The decision to amass a wonderful collection of bags started the day Heinz and Hendrikje Ivo found a leather handbag from 1820 with turtle cover plates in a hamlet in England.
The museum of bags and purses presents visitors with a chance to marvel at a beautiful collection of bags in a 17th-century canal house. Each bag or purse tells its own unique story. The bags and purses on display provide insight into the world of fashion, art, purse-making techniques and habits surrounding the use of bags and purses in a certain period of time. Don’t forget to grab a bit in the museum’s cosy restaurant and to check out the trendy bags and purses shop for some unique and fashionable souvenirs.
In the beautiful 17th-century canal house, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Canal district Amsterdam, visitors discover the development of bags and purses from the Middle Ages to the present day. Nowhere else can you find so many special and fashionable bags together. From unique historical pieces to timeless classics from world-famous brands and up-and-coming designers. There is also a chance for visitors to design their own bags, watch a video of the history of bags and purses and how important a role they have played in the development of fashion in Europe and other parts of the world.
Atmospheric 17th and 18th-Century Rooms
The museum is home to two beautiful period rooms with historic ceiling paintings from the 17th and 18th century. Here you can enjoy a high tea or a special lunch with friends and family. All in the style of the Golden Age. Do book in advance. (see contacts for museum’s telephone number).
The museum is one of the coziest atmospheres for a party and their beautiful 17th and 18th-century style rooms can be booked for an extra special wedding, anniversary, private dinner, or private High Tea with family and/or friends. There are two historical style rooms. The small Bicker room from the 17th century is a beautiful, living memory of the Golden Age. The large, 18th-century Graeffzaal radiates the atmosphere of an elegant palace and is perfect for larger occasions.
One of the best things about the museum is its High Tea sessions. There they serve different types of tea and delicacies such as friandises, scones with clotted cream and jam, sandwiches and a warm, savory snack. The museum of bags and purses is a must for every tourist interested in fashion. The museum helps you discover the rich history of this everyday object.
Our Museum of Bags and Purses Photo Impression
Of course, we visited the Museum of Bags and Purses and here is our photo impression. We hope you have a good first impression of the museum and don’t forget to buy your tickets for an unforgettable visit to the museum.
This is the beautiful and picturesque waiting area of the Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam.
Browse through some old bags in the museum.
More vintage bags in the museum.
Discover some more vintage bags and the history behind them.
Visitors get a chance to design their own bags at the Tassenmuseum – Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam. To take the bags home, visitors must inquire at the reception for the price.
The museum of bags and purses is home to some of the Netherlands oldest bags which were quite fashionable at a certain time in history. Discover the stories behind these bags.
Vintage designer bags.
The picturesque 18th-Century room is one of the two “Period Rooms” in the Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam. Here, visitors can sit with friends and family and enjoy lunch while admiring the room.
Don’t forget to buy some beautiful bags and purses from the shop of the Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam.
Overall we found the Museum of Bags and Purses a fun museum to visit and was good value for money. Don’t forget to order your tickets!
Museum of Bags and Purses FAQ
Can I visit the museum in a wheelchair?
Yes, the museum is wheelchair accessible and there’s an elevator in it. However, there are parts that you’ll have to reach with crutches. There is also a disabled toilet on the ground floor, a spacious lift and a stairlift. With this, visitors can go to the mezzanine. If visitors need any extra help, please let the museum know that you are coming. Then their hostesses can prepare for your visit.
Is there a queue for the Museum?
There normally isn’t a queue but that could be possible during the high season.
Is the Museum suitable for children?
Yes, children under 18 can visit under adult supervision.
Does the museum offer discounts for groups?
Yes, normal adult tickets are € 13,- but the adult price for a group (from 10 persons) is € 11,50 -.
Can I have lunch or coffee in the Museum?
Yes, you can sit in the beautiful cafe and have lunch or coffee with friends after a tour of the museum.
Can I make a reservation for high tea?
Yes, please! Then we ensure that there is a nice table ready for you (or your friends).
Can I pass on special diet wishes for the high tea?
Of course. To do this, you’ll have to call the museum and let them know. (See contacts for museum number).
I have a nice (historic) purse or bag, would you be interested?
Yes of course. Send an email to [email protected] with all the information on the purse and we will definitely get back to you.
Opening hours Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam
The Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam is open daily from 10 am to 17 pm. The museum is closed on 1 January, 27 April and 25 December.
On 5, 24 and 31 December the museum closes at 16.00.
|Daily||10:00 – 17:00 |||
|December 5 | 24 | 31||10:00 – 16:00 |||
|January 1 | April 27 | December 25||Closed|
Museum of Bags and Purses tickets for discount prices
Tickets are available at the entrance of the Museum of Bags and Purses. The regular admission price (for adults) at the entrance is €13,-. There are always special exhibitions in the museum and fashion icons known all over the world usually attend these exhibitions. So if you like fashion and culture, get your tickets now because this is the perfect museum for you!
At the entrance, the museum employees are able to scan the code right from the screen of your mobile phone so you don’t need to print the tickets.
Note: You do not have to order a ticket if you have a Museum card, I Amsterdam City Card, Amsterdam City Pass, Holland Pass, Amsterdam Pass ICOM membership card or Tassenmuseum Vriendenpas.
Regular entrance prices at the door
|Adults (groups from 10 persons)||€ 11,50|
|Children (7 – 12)||€ 4|
|Students||€ 10 (Student cards have to be shown at the entrance)|
Address, contact information and route to the museum
The museum is located at Herengracht 573. The easiest way to get to the museum is by using public transport. You can find the exact information below this paragraph.
Museum of Bags and Purses Amsterdam
The Museum of Bags and Purses is located on the Herengracht and visitors can get there from different parts of the city. One of the easiest ways is to go via from Amsterdam Central station or the Leidseplein. It is even possible to stop directly with a Canal Boat in front of the building. If you go for this option, make sure your Canal Cruise will drop by the right location. The following trams will take you to the museum:
From Amsterdam Central Station by Tram:
- Tram 4, heading to Amstelstation – alight at Stop Rembrandtplein
- Tram 24, heading to VU Medisch Centrum – alight at Stop Muntplein
- Tram 14, heading to Flevopark – alight at Stop Rembrandtplein
From Amsterdam Central Station by Bus:
- Bus 285, alight at Stop Rembrandtplein
- Bus 287, alight at Stop Rembrandtplein
From Amsterdam Central Station by Metro:
- Metro 51, 53 or 54, alight at Stop Waterlooplein
- Metro 52, alight at Stop Vijzelgracht
From Amsterdam Central Station by Car:
We do not recommend you to go by car to this museum since the museum is located in the canal district. If you still like to come with a car take a look at our parking page.
Note: It is often difficult to find a place to park especially during the summer months or weekends.
Get off at the Stadhuis-Muziektheater docks at the Waterlooplein. Or at any dock on the Herengracht.
With the widget below you can find accurate advice for the real-time travel times based on your current location. This application will help you when you are not sure which bus or tram you can take from your location.
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