The Bags and Purses Museum

I was a little circumspect regarding my visit to the Amsterdam’s “Museum of Bags and Purses” / “Tassenmuseum Hendrikje”, but the adventure was delightful! SUPERB! I recommend this to all the people that are visiting the dutch capital. The entrance fee is only 7.50 euros, you have 2 floors of  exhibitions and one entire floor is dedicated to a splendid coffee – restaurant place (with several differently decorated rooms). The collection of items is wonderful, the arrangement of the purses in each showcase is smartly made, starting with the purses of the 16th century on the third floor, and increases chronologically reaching the modern times on the second floor. I never knew there were such beautiful items, such skills and fashion sense in the earlier times. I spent more than one hour admiring those artworks… When I finally reach the section of modern times, well, I observed that the models and the details starts to be less interesting, more common, the thematic tends to be more facile, more easy, ready to go, not to be admired. And I’m talking about some iconic models and some prestigious brands here (Prada, Gucci, Chanel). An interesting fact (I didn’t knew it before), Louis Vuitton invented the well-known repeated LV logo and used it on trunks and purses since 19th century. The same colors, the same logo. Interesting history lesson for me.

The bad thing is that you’re not allowed to take photos of the exhibits, and I respect their policy. And anyway, a photo lacks in the experience versus live watching the items. But you can trust me, it worth to visit this museum! It’s a must-view of Amsterdam.

After the visit of the museum, on the first floor, you can relax in a very glamorous coffee/restaurant. It has separated rooms, with completely different decorations, the waitresses are very kind and nice and the food is DELICIOUS! The prices are very low (for Amsterdam), for example, I paid 12 euros for a plate of cheese cocktail, with fresh arugula and other herbs and a slice of healthy bread with aromatic oils and herbs, plus a glass of red (good) wine, plus a dessert (wonderful apple cake with cinnamon and anis).

The stuff of the museum is also very agreeable, you can ask whatever you want about purses and even other places to visit in Amsterdam. It was a pleasure to visit this museum. I left the building with the regret that I cannot stay longer (due to my other scheduled actions)…

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