location, ticket prices and shelf exclusives
It is in these cities, scattered throughout the world, that there are unusual museums entirely dedicated to bags.
How to get there, how much does the entrance ticket cost, and what interesting exhibits are located on the shelves of these original museums?
Tassenmuseum Hendrikje is a museum in Amsterdam
Perhaps the largest Bag Museum is located in the Netherlands. More than 5,000 permanent exhibits have been collected here + interesting additional exhibitions are regularly held. The collections include both archival samples, well preserved from the Middle Ages, and modern bags.
The permanent collection is like a great excursion into history. In these halls of the museum you can get acquainted with the evolution of bags. There are more than 5,000 of them here — from samples that were worn on the belt in the 16th century to fashion accessories of the 21st century.
The collections of the museum also contain real masterpieces. For example, a bag with a tortoise shell insert with mother-of-pearl inlay.
There is also a personal travel bag for Prince Bernard of the Netherlands.
Another unique exhibit, but already of our time, is a bag with floral motifs from Versace (1997), which was worn by Madonna herself.
Iconic bags are also found on the shelves of the museum. Such as: Pyramid Frame by Dior (2012), Kelly by Hermes (1990-2000), the legendary lacquer handbag by Alexander McQueen (2008), Le 69 by Paco Rabanne (2014).
Address: The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Herengracht 573.
A ticket to the museum costs from 3.5 euros for children and from 11 euros for adults. When ordering through the official website of the institution, you can use a promo code for a discount (if available).
Simone Handbag Museum — Museum in Seoul
This museum, located in the capital of South Korea, is interesting not only inside, but also outside. The BagStage buildingіng is made in the form of a giant bag.
Only two floors are allocated for the exposition — the third and fourth. The rest are shops and a sewing workshop. Naturally, only bags are sold and sewn here!
On the third floor there are a lot of old samples created before 1900. Here you can see hundreds of unique and ornate original bags preserved from the 1500s.
The fourth floor houses a collection of modern bags, where you can see the most remarkable products produced since the beginning of the 20th century. Here are bags from Donna Karan, Moschino, Chanel, Hermes, Mizoni, Fendi, as well as earlier handmade examples.
Address: South Korea, Seoul, 17 Dosan-daero 13-gil, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu.
A ticket to the museum costs 5,000 South Korean won.
Princess Gallery, Handbag Museum — a museum in Tokyo
In the capital of Japan, in Tokyo, there is a Princess Gallery. This beautifully named building houses the Museum of Bags, where more than 3,000 accessories are on display.
Getting acquainted with the exhibits, one can trace the history of the appearance of a handbag in Japan. It is noteworthy that the Japanese women themselves did not use bags until the 20th century, so most of the unique items were brought from 50 different countries of the world.
Address: Japan, Tokyo, 2-4-1, Asakusabashi, Taito-ku.
Entrance to the museum is free.
The Purse Museum — a museum in Katoomba
Katoomba is a city in Australia. A small museum has been opened here, which stores about 350 bags. Despite such a small number of exhibits, people from all over the world come to get acquainted with the collections.
The highlight of the exposition is that not only women’s bags of different times and peoples, starting from the 17th century, are exhibited here, but also bags, coin cases, and exclusive wallets. The collection contains a bag in the form of a fish, made in 1960 in Hong Kong, exclusive products from Ed B. Robinson, a book bag from Eric de Kolb and other interesting exhibits.
Address: Australia, Katoomba, Katoomba St, NSW 2780.
Tickets for adults start at $5 and for children from $2.20.
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