After our family visit to the Anne Frank House the boys headed back to the hotel (Ben is working very hard to finish his last few sections of Algebra) and the girls and I headed off for the Bag & Purse Museum. I had hoped to see the special exhibit of Barbie's 50th Anniversary in Holland but it ended a few weeks ago.
No worries, this was quick a little trip through fashion history. It felt like something out of the Smithsonian with all of these exotic pieces. Some not quite so exotic as you can see from the pictures below of the character backpacks and school bags. I guess they are bags, so it counts.
We saw the very bag that Madonna had carried with her at the opening of Evita, The Movie. There was a beaded Diet Coke purse, 007 clutches with gun molds and even entire floor dedicated to all of the things that we carry inside our purses. Lipstick holders, cigarette holders, pocket mirrors. I did notice how they had not updated the collection to include cell phone cases or key fobs. And sorry, moms, nothing on the diaper bag. I'm not sure how this was excluded as it is a purse/bag carrying stage of almost every woman's life. I'll add it to my TripAdvisor Review. Don't worry.
My favorite part was the small section of mens pieces including the box made soley for carrying detachable collars. These were worn in the 20th century for purposes of easier laundering but quickly became a major fashion statement of the day. They were short-lived as this was one of the first accessories to go during WWI. The style was revived in the 1980's (Michael Douglas as Gordon Gecko in Wall Street) but luckily for all of us everything that was big in the 80's is out of fashion.
The museum trip took us by the Flower Market in town. I mistakenly thought this meant actual flowers and not tulip bulbs but I enjoyed looking at all the colors nonetheless.
By the end of the day Ben had finished his Algebra homework, Mike had squeezed in a bike ride around town and the girls and I had some alone time.