As a VENUEHost your event…

Most people know ESSE as a beautiful museum that tells a compelling story – we are also a niche small special event venue. * Bridal and * baby showers * meetings, and * luncheons are just some of the special events we’ve hosted at ESSE. We’d love to host your event, too. ESSE’s conference room is a bright and sunny space with an adjoining kitchenette and direct access to our parking lot. We can seat up to 15 for luncheons, or +/- 25 for mixed sitting and standing for meetings, showers, or informal gatherings.

Support the ESSE Purse Museum …by simply booking your next special occasion here:


As a SHOPDiscover unique gifts…

ESSE Purse Museum tells the evolution of 20th-century American woman through the bags she carried and their contents. The museum shop sells high-quality and highly unusual: * handbags, as well as handmade, eclectic * jewelry * accessories, and exceptional * gift items. Merchandise is catalogued within these collections: * Bags * Wallets * Jewelry, and * Extras.

Support the ESSE Purse Museum …by simply purchasing your specialty merchandise here:


Be a DONORShow that you care…


ESSE Purse Museum is a private institution, which means we rely on the support of our community and enthusiasm of our guests to keep our mission alive.

  • Make a Donation: Monetary donations are the most straightforward way to support the museum and can be made in the following ways:
    • In Person: Just mention that you’d like to make a donation at the register.
    • By Mail: Send a check to the ESSE Purse Museum.
  • Give to the Collection: Though our primary focus is on purses, the contents women carried matter because they are what make up the essence of a woman: * Photographs * wallets * make-up accessories * hair accessories * gloves * glasses * card cases * notebooks, and any other * special keepsakes make our exhibits shine. If you wish to donate anything that falls within this broad category, please feel free to contact us.

Support the ESSE Purse Museum …by simply contributing here:

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1510 Main St, Little Rock, AR 72202, USA

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