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Esse Purse Museum, Little Rock

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  • Run by very knowledgeable women who can tell you a thing or two about history. Unusual museum with a terrific gift store  more »
  • We spent about 90 minutes touring this interesting museum devoted to 100+ years of women's history in the form of purses and their contents. On the rainy Sunday we arrived, there was a problem with th...  more »
  • Billed as one of only three museums in the world devoted to women's purses, this place is a delight for both men and women. The displays track the evolution of purses through the 20th century. A very ...  more »
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  • If you want to understand our social history through our artifacts, this is one of those wonderful small museums you should visit. Well worth the $10 and about an hour of your time. Excels at presenting purses in context with great period accessories and well-done writeups. This is not just a "fashion" (or pop culture) museum, though certainly that is part of it, but one that should get you thinking, as a writeup for a concurrent art display notes, about how purses have long been part of their owners' personality and psyche. The only drawback is that the display ends with the 1990s. As we get farther from that decade, the exhibit begins to miss some important recent developments. I hope they can find the space and resources to curate that. But, still, it's well worth your time to explore it (and the funky little South Main neighborhood).
  • What a wonderful little hidden gem in Little Rock. I was amazed at all the beautiful purses. The staff was very friendly & helpful when we had any questions. Best part is they have a scale where you can weigh your purse to see how much it weighs & record it on a ledger with other ladies.
  • Great concept, great purse displays
  • Absolutely fabulous colorful purse displays. Educational and most entertaining!! Loved it ....don't miss it!!! Esse Gift shop is unique and offers one of a kind custom gifts. Bought a decorative colorful, rubber chicken purse...cute and a real attention grab....my cousin loved it as a birthday gift! Classy earrings. men's multi colored ties...the neatest greeting cards!
  • Very interesting museum, if you like purses you should definitely check it out!

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