All baghags out there probably wish to visit Amsterdam because located there is the largest bag museum in the world, which includes bags made by Cora Jacob, a Filipino designer. The Museum of Bags and Purses is not new, though. Since it moved to its current location at Herengracht, it has been opened to the public for more than a year already. The museum started from a personal collection of Hendrikje Ivo owning more than 3,000 bags, which she collected for more than 35 years! WOW! I never ever wished to have a collection that big, unless I have nothing to do with my moolah! Her collection is really amazing! If Imelda Marcos is for shoes, Hendrikje Ivo is for bags!
The Museum of Bags and Purses houses 1,500 bags with different sizes, colors, and materials. What is more amazing is that the oldest bag in the collection dates back to the 16th century. That must have been well maintained! The Museum of Bags and Purses has everything and anything about bags! The entrance has bag shaped seats. The café has chocolates with bag design. The shop (Yes, there is a shop so bagaholics should hold on to their purses!), of course, sells bags and bag accessories. And most importantly, it houses the exhibit of bags from all over the world, which includes famous designer brands like Versace, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel, and Cora Jacobs.
Cora Jacobs’ bags are exhibited in the Museum of Bags and Purses because of their distinctive character. The Filipino designer uses unique materials, making her bags significantly outstanding. Being able to display Filipino-made bags, together with other crafts made by world famous designers, give honor to all the Filipinos! Cora Jacob truly brings pride to the Filipinos! Congratulations Cora! 🙂
If you wish to visit the Museum of Bags and Purses here are some helpful information from Amsterdam.info:
Tassenmuseum Hendrikje/Museum of Bags and Purses
1017 CD Amsterdam
The museum and shop is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm, while the café and lunchroom is open from 10:00am to 4:30pm. They are closed on the following dates: January 1, April 30 and December 25.
Admission (Rates may change w/o prior notice):
Adults: € 6.50
Groups over 10 persons, students, and 65 years +: € 5
School children (13- 18 years): € 2.50
Children up to 12 years (inclusive): free
It is advised to double check with the museum if there are any changes in the information given above.