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Esse Purse Museum, Little Rock

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#5 of 13 in Museums in Little Rock
Esse Purse Museum of Women's History showcases the purse’s evolving function, design and its contents to tell the story of American women in the 20th century. Admission is $10 regular, $8 senior, military, student. Children under 6 are free and special group rates apply, too.

Not only is ESSE a woman-owned small business, but The Store at ESSE is a supporter of artisans from all over the world – a small business supporting other small businesses. At ESSE, we believe quality craftmanship, ethically sourced products and items that support, not suppress, the people who make them justify a higher cost.

Art is more than a possession, it's a feeling, a memory and a frame of mind – and ESSE sells art in the form of purses, jewelry and more.
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4.7
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  • Always delight to see new exhibits. Tasteful presentation. Retail options quite varied. Where else can you learn about purses???  more »
  • Really enjoyed this museum, which has a particular interest more in how women use handbags, rather the history of famous makes. Really interesting, even husband enjoyed it. It's not big, but it is wor...  more »
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  • Oh what a treat! Initially I was like, why am I here? Very small but nicely laid out store front. Buy a ticket to the museum & experience a well planned walk through the historic view of purses, lol! Enjoyed it a lot.
  • My girlfriend took me here as part of our valentines date and I loved it! The staff were super nice and they profusely apologized for the music accidentally stopping (neither me or my gf noticed), it's immediately apparent that they're super committed to making a good experience for you. The shop section is wonderful and there's some pretty unique finds (like our new miffy coin purse). It's a great place for anyone who likes either fashion or history (or both)!

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