By Patricia Lightfoot

The Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam is professionally curated and beautifully presented in a restored canal-side house. I had thought that this museum might fit into the “weird museum” section of this blog, but not at all. It is a first-rate museum, where the historical and social context of the objects on display is clearly explained in text and with appropriate period paintings and photographs. The collection was started 40 years ago by collectors Hendrikje and Henrik Ivo, when they bought a leather bag covered in tortoise shell and  inlaid with mother of pearl in an antiques shop in England. Their house in Amstelveen was the original home for the collection before it moved to its current location. Continue reading “Bags and purses”