Legendary Trunks – The Exhibition: Travelers Tip for Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Review of the Legendary Trunks Exhibition Amsterdam – The name Louis Vuitton stands for luxury and design and is known as one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands. Nevertheless, everything started with high-quality travel equipment and luggage. Those wooden framed travel trunks were the beginning of the well-known LV – brand dating back to the 1850s. It took a Swedish collector many years to collect a beautiful array of these special handmade massive trunks that are now on show.
Since December 2017, the exclusive collection of Travel Trunks is on display at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam featuring, among others, Franklin D Roosevelt’s Wardrobe Trunk, pieces from the RMS Titanic, Ernest Hemingway’s Library Trunk and Judy Garland’s shoe trunk. While wandering around the different trunks and their stories we fantasized over faraway lands and the romantic but probably limited way of traveling compared to our hand luggage and backpack travel life nowadays. Enjoy our activity review of “Legendary Trunks the Exhibition” at the Beurs van Berlage and see this immersive, nostalgic and vintage experience through a couple of men‘s eyes.
Each trunk is whispering its own story and life experience.
Story behind the Louis Vuitton Trunk Collection
You might ask yourselves if the travel trunk exhibition is just a huge commercial from Louis Vuitton and that the company behind the name delivered the items for the exhibition. Far from it! A Swedish collector made it his hobby to collect these very special LV travel items, each of them with an individual story and now it is one of the world’s largest private collections. Some of these trunks dating back around 150 years while others are from the 20th century and even from today. This collector teamed up with Nordic Exhibition who asked the Dutch Imagineering Company Jora Vision who under supervising eye of creative director Marco Ruzza created the exhibition design and manufactured the decorative elements.
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Trailer of “Legendary Trunks The Exhibition”
Review: Legendary Trunks Exhibition Amsterdam:
If you are a travel maniac like us and you appreciate beautiful and well-designed things you definitely are going to enjoy the Legendary Trunks Exhibition. Its playful set-up of big decor pieces gives each trunk a backstory and an immersive world it lives in. It is a very smart move for an exhibition that in the end shows a lot of the same things. Don’t forget to get your audio-tour set at the entrance since the creators envisioned an exhibition free from big signs with text. Instead, you hear the “voices” of Franklin D Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and others who guide you through their lush lives traveling around the world. We really loved the theme park worthy decor-sets surrounding these unique Louis Vuitton cases. Each of them would make a perfect background for your travel inspired selfie if this thought would have been more part of the design. We also think the exhibition should take the word ‘interactive’ out of its description while we couldn’t interact with anything. These few minor points aside, the Legendary Trunk Exhibition is a very beautiful and cute break during your day of exploring Amsterdam and makes your mind fill up with dreams about romantic steamboat journeys and far away destinations.
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Traveling Trunks Exhibition worldwide
The Beurs van Berlage was lucky to get the premiere on this wonderful exhibition but it won’t be the only spot to enjoy the history and craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton. When the Beurs will close its doors on the 18th of February, the collection will travel first to Sweden and most likely continue traveling around Europe, the Middle East, America, and Asia. Enough options to get a glimpse of these travel treasures.
Review: Legendary Trunks Exhibition Amsterdam
Beurs van Berlage
Official Website: legendarytrunks.com
Contact: Tel.: +31 20 620 8112
Weekly opening hours
Daily open 10 am – 6 pm (box office closes 5 pm).
– Adults € 12
– Children (6-16 years) € 8.5
– Groups (+15 persons) € 10.50
Good to know:
Don’t forget your audio tour at the entrance of the exhibition