The Museum of Bags and Purses opened its doors for the first time in April 1996 in Amstelveen, a suburb of Amsterdam. When a business moved out, half of the Ivo family villa became available and the idea arose to transform this vacant space into a Museum of Bags and Purses.
The core of the museum's collection is the bags and accessories that Hendrikje Ivo has been collecting for the past 30 years. Several donations have also been given to the museum, meaning the collection now totals over 3500 items. Luckily, Hendrikje had her skilful husband to help in the creation of the new museum which was one of the first in The Netherlands where the lighting was entirely realized by glass fibres.