About the MuseumThe Tassen Museum is an amazing place where you can see endless numbers of designer bags from around the world. The building is located in a historic building, and has five floors with extensive bag and wallet collections. Here you can see and learn about fashion, and the history of bag fashion - beginning with the bags of the European nobility, all the way to golden sewn bags with gemstones, and more.
It is interesting to see the history in the materials used for the bags, colors, and shapes. Among the bags you will see bags by famous designers like Versace, Coco Chanel, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and more. Today the museum collects items from all over the world- starting with hand bags, evening bags, luggage, and more. The stories behind the bags are not any less interesting than the bags themselves.
Examples for Display ItemsBags of French cards for amateur gamblers, wallets of letters that women gave to their husbands with their pictures so they would miss them, wedding gift purses that contained coins for the couple. There were often 13 coins, symbolizing Jesus and the twelve apostles.
There are special purses from the 1930's, such as bags in the form of the ship Normandy, designed by fashion designer Elsa Shafarelli in the 1930's, commissioned by the shipping company and distributed to the first class passengers on board. Next to them are shoe-shaped wallets, crabs, magazines, an envelope and a pot ...
In the temporary exhibitions you can see something else every time, like modern men's bags that look like futuristic pods, knight hats or crystals and minerals or male sports bags at another time.