9 October 2014

Amsterdam's Cat Museum and Handbag Museum

Trust me ok, hear me out (and yep you read the title correctly). Whilst we visited the the wonderful national museums; the ornate Rijksmuseum and the fascinating Van Gogh museum, we also decided to stray a touch off the beaten path.

Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet

Y'all know we have our own wee moggy, and are as obsessed as most 'fur parents' are, but the KattenKabinet aka Cat Museum was another level entirely.


Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet

The 'museum' consists of three or so huge rooms in a beautful canal house covered floor to ceiling in an eccentric collection of  feline flavoured art. Posters, paintings, statues - you name it, it was there.

Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet
And we aren't the only ones to find this unusual collection fascinating.

Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet
 
The reason for the museum?

Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet
 
Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet

Sadly we didn't get to meet the museum muse,  a ginger tom called JP Morgan...

Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet

...but we were luckily enough to encounter the museums current colonel. (The best moment of the holiday was my Northern blokey husband moaning because - and I quote - 'it's a rubbish cat museum that doesn't have a real ca... ohhhhh loooooook!' And that's why I married him.)

Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet

Amsterdam's Cat Museum: KattenKabinet

 KattenKabinet - Herengracht 497, 1017 BT Amsterdam, Netherlands

A short stroll along the canal later, we happened upon (ok, that's a lie, Mr Kiwi was led "accidentally" to) the Tassenmuseum, a shrine to Handbags and Purses. Oh yes.

Amsterdam's Handbag and purse museum - Tassen museum Hendrikje

Set in another beautifully ornate canal house - though this was a whole new level of ornate sumptiousness - the museum consists of 3 floors of hangbags and purses, ranging from medieval dress pouches to iconic Chanel.

Amsterdam's Handbag and purse museum - Tassen museum Hendrikje




All of the exhibits were fascinating, beautifully laid out and full of interesting facts you'd never think to know. There is an intriguing mix of fashion, craftmenshipand opulent luxury to keep any one interested (except maybe Mr Kiwi who opted to "watch the canal boats" outside. Hiss loss, honestly.



Amsterdam's Handbag and purse museum - Tassen museum Hendrikje

Amsterdam's Handbag and purse museum - Tassen museum Hendrikje



Amsterdam's Handbag and purse museum - Tassen museum Hendrikje


Amsterdam's Handbag and purse museum - Tassen museum Hendrikje

Amsterdam's Handbag and purse museum - Tassen museum Hendrikje

Tassen museum Hendrikje: Herengracht 573, 1017 CD Amsterdam, Netherlands

Both museums are fascinating, under 10 Euro entrance and only around a 10 minute walk from the infamous floating flower markets in the central city. Perfect for an afternoon walking off the flavour tasting of Amsterdam's foodie specialities...!

25 comments :

  1. HA! I definitely didn't know that either of this existed but they certainly made me smile! x

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  2. Haha! Of COURSE you went to a cat museum! :)

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  3. OK, honestly Emma, how did you make it to all of these places while I didn't even make it to one museum during our trip?? (If I'd known this existed... I would have been there!)

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  4. SHIT! I knew I missed something... the Cat Museum! GAHH :) I'll have to check it out next time I'm up there... I love animals, so I know I would have loved that. xx

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  5. Both of these are right up my street! Now to convince the other Amsterdam go-ers that we have to go!

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  6. Brilliant. I think I'd love both museums especially the kitty witty museum!!

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  7. Those museum are outrageous! I think I would really like both museums, but particularly the handbag museum because of that incredible architecture.

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  8. Outrageous is the perfect word! These museums very much embody my Dutch friends; quite serious and very quirky!
    The museum building was stunning!

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  9. Bless him :) He was fascinated by the cat museum!

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  10. Both had such character! The city runs on trams and I thought of you several times whilst zipping about!

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  11. Don't tell them, just look all mysterious and lead everyone there!

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  12. We only discovered it on our last night - much to my delight! It is eccentric to say the least!

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  13. We tend to get on a bit of a mission whilst travelling :D

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  14. We were grinning ear to ear, shaking our heads in amazement!

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  15. I think I should start displaying my purses like that and then I would have an excuse to buy more!

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  16. That tulip handbag, the red and black one, was available in gift shops last time I was in Amsterdam and I wanted one SO MUCH but it was out of my price range. Also we need a place in London where you can just go and sit with cats. Chat. Make cutesy noises. That kind of thing.

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  17. It really was beautiful - and quite some statement!
    Luckily for us London-stuck mortals there is one fine establishment (plus pubcats.com)

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  18. Two really exciting (and niche) museums there - bless Mr. Kiwi's moaning over the lack of real felines until you found one! I'd actually really love to go to the Kattenkabinet. So wonderfully eccentric :) xx

    Tamsin / A Certain Adventure

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  19. Ok,. I most definitely did not find either of these places in Amsterdam! I would probably move in to the kattenkabinet and live there though, so it is a good job. *crazy cat lady*

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  20. I do believe they have B&B rooms upstairs - handy!

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  21. Adding both of these places to my already extensive "must see's" in Amsterdam. Thanks for sharing!

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