Women. History. Purses. Art.

See the evolution of the 20th-century American woman through the bags she carried and their contents. ESSE Purse Museum – one of three purse museums in the world and the only one in the United States – is a don’t miss experience.

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NOW ON DISPLAY

ESSE’s permanent exhibit hall features 10 decades and more; temporary exhibits complement the history.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Discover how you can become part of ESSE Purse Museum’s efforts to preserve history.

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SHOP ONLINE

Select items in The Store at ESSE can also be purchased online.

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