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Tassenmuseum closing permanently

I’m sad to report that the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam has announced they will not be reopening owing to “insufficient financial resources.” I have visited the museum several times on my recent trips to Amsterdam, enjoying both the museum collection and the delicious tea that they offered in their period rooms.

I’m sure they won’t be the last. I know the Tenement Museum in New York City, another wonderful small museum, is also struggling.

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That's a shame. I had resisted visiting the museum on several trips to Amsterdam thinking the museum would be to "feminine" for me. But I finally bit the bullet and was blown away about at how well the exhibits were laid out and presented. The historic tea room was indeed an added bonus as well as the small garden in the back.

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I didn't get to this museum when I was last in Amsterdam in 2012. As with all such things, I said to myself, "well, I can't see everything, and I'll catch this one on the next trip."


Unfortunately, as you say, this will probably be one of many smaller and quirkier museums, around the world, that will close.

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We are all so sad. Not only was the collection great, but the building it was housed in was magnificent. It alone was worth the trip.

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I visited this museum last October. I even bought a purse made in The Netherlands while there. It is really a lovely museum.

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I'm so sad to learn that the Tassenmuseum is closing. I was there in 2018 and absolutely loved it. I hope they can hold on to the extraordinary collection, store it safely and perhaps find an alternative location for it in the future.

I'm also sorry to hear that the Tenement Museum may close. I visited it and the apartments at least 25+ years ago. It's one thing to see movies featuring living conditions like those of the apartments. It's quite another to be in the spaces where so many lived and to learn their stories.

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That's a real bummer. We visited this museum twice and loved it. The bags ranged from rustic to exquisite and I liked that they rotated the bags on display so we got to see different things. And yes, their tea room had lovely offerings. This is the one museum I had on my "must list" for our next trip to Amsterdam. I'll miss that.

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thanks for posting this- sad indeed. I enjoyed the impressive variety.