Celebrating Barbie’s birthday at the Museum of Bags and Purses

Tassenmuseum Amsterdam

The Tassenmuseum (Museum of bags and Purses)  can’t be reducible in only one definition.

It started as a private collection, but during the times it became bigger and bigger, and nowadays is more a hybrid between a Costume Museum and a Fashion Museum.

The collection travels through the centuries to explore the history of the bags. It tells us the story behind this indispensable object, showing us when and how bags have been created since the XVI Century.

It being understood that it is not only a simple private or historical collection, but even the location could be considered as a further type of museum, because it is guested in a sophisticated canal house built in 1666 in one of the most famous Amsterdam’s canal. So the collection of 4000 bags and accessories can been seen also as a good excuse to visit the noble house.


Beside the permanent collection there are several temporary exhibition, one of them is the Barbie’s Birthday Bash  (which is open until May 4th).

The aim of the exhibition is to celebrate the fifty years presence of the famous doll in the Netherlands, displaying fifty Barbies from the ‘60s to nowadays.

The exhibition is not set in only one room, but it is spread in the whole building in order to give to the visitors a complete experience of the museum.

Walking through the several rooms and floors visitors would see all those tiny Barbies and their fancy outfits integrated with ancient purses or modern design bags and clutches, giving a complete overview about fashion changes and trends from the past times to the present.




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