Tassenmuseum Hendrikje - Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam

This museum has been permanently closed.

Purse Museum Exhibit

About 30 years ago, Hendrikje Ivo an antique dealer from Amstelveen, bought a small handbag from 1820. She was just charmed by the object, without having a commercial idea behind. Fascination changed into a real passion of collecting handbags. Helped by her husband Heinz and by her daughter Sigrid, Hendrikje collected more than 3000 bags. At some moment, she decided to show part of the collection to the public. At first, the museum existed in two rooms of a villa in Amstelveen, but as the collection grew, the couple looked for a new location. Since June 2007, the museum is located in an impressive patrician house at the Amsterdam most prestigious canal - Herengracht.

Purse Museum Interior

Today, the Museum of Bags and Purses (Tassen museum Hendrikje) is a serious institution with a permanent exhibition presenting the core of the collection and temporary shows of the particular designers, mostly Dutch. Additionally, the exhibition has been completed by 150 fans from the collection created by another passionate - Felix Tal. During the re-opening of the Museum of Bags in 2007, Hendrikje Ivo has been knighted, in appreciation of her merits to the Dutch culture.

The feel

An amazing and luxurious private museum focused on only one object. The visitor feels like admitted to the closed reception rooms of an important fashion designer in Paris. Always a pleasant visit in a modernized, air-conditioned museum. A real must, if you are interested in fashion or design.


This museum has been permanently closed.

Museum and shop: closed
Museum Café and lunchroom: closed


Adults: closed
Groups (over 10 persons), students, and 65+: closed
school children (13- 18 years): closed
children up to 12 years, Museumcard, I Amsterdam card, Amsterdam Holland Pass (with a voucher), ICOM card, Friends of the Museum: closed
Interactive museum tour: closed

Guided tours

Available at € 40, by appointment only.


Café / lunchroom, garden, museum shop, historical conference rooms (so called Period Rooms, beautifully decorated with a style furniture and the wall and ceiling paintings from 17th and 18th C.), space for children intended as a workshop or birthday celebration space. The museum is well accessible for the handicapped.

How to get there

Purse Museum Building

Walking: from the Rembrandtplein, walk away from the city centre via Thorbeckeplein direction Herengracht, pass the 19th century Dutch prime minister Thorebecke monument and take left (5 minutes).
By tram:From the Amsterdam Central Station by tram no. 4 or 9 (step out on Rembrandtplein stop), walk to the Museum as indicated above, or by Metro: Lines 51, 53 and 54 to the Waterlooplein station (10 minutes walk first direction Rembrandtplein via the bridge on the Amstel river and further as indicated).
By car:Closest car park is Stopera on the Het Muziektheater/Stadhuis Waterlooplein 1, located under Stopera (10 minutes walk). If you are able to find a parking place, there is a metered parking along all the streets in the area.


Tassenmuseum Hendrikje - Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam
Herengracht 573
1017 CD   Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Tel: +31 20 52464 52
Homepage: www.tassenmuseum.nl

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