Here at ESSE, we’re always striving to bring new and interesting exhibits on the objects, moments, and memories that make up part of the American woman’s story. Take a moment to check out what we currently have housed here at the museum.

Check back later this month for a new exhibit announcement.

Take Your Purse With You: The Reimagined Work of Katherine Strause

May 9 through August 27, 2017

ESSE Purse Museum is pleased to feature a beautiful new temporary exhibit by Little Rock artist Katherine Strause. Take Your Purse With You will run from Tuesday, May 9, 2017 through Sunday, August 27, 2017 and is included in general admission.

Strause’s work features paintings of women and their purses. Inspired by discarded and found mid-century photographs, Strause’s series touches on themes of transcendence, hope, and transformation. Her work aspires to challenge viewers in how they think about the past and present as well as the generations of women in their lives.

Strause created the works especially for ESSE, and it pairs perfectly with the museum’s permanent exhibit, What’s Inside: A Century of Women and Handbags, 1900-1990, which tells the 20th-century story of the American woman through the purse and its contents.

ESSE Purse Museum & Store is located at 1510 Main Street in the SoMa neighborhood of downtown Little Rock. It’s open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. General admission is $10 per person; students, seniors, and military rates are $8 per person; children five and under are free. For groups of eight people or more, tickets are $7 per person.