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Bata Shoe Museum

327 Bloor St W | (at St. George St.), Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada
+1 416-979-7799
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The Bata Shoe Museum: For Every Shoe There's a Story The Bata Shoe Museum is home to the world's largest, most comprehensive collection of shoes and footwear-related objects. The mission of the BSM is to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humanity. Through acquiring, conserving, researching, communicating and exhibiting material evidence related to the history of footwear and shoemaking, the Museum illustrates the living habits, the culture and the customs of people from every corner of the world.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
327 Bloor St W | (at St. George St.), Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada
+1 416-979-7799
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Small exhibitions with interesting and curious items. For those with only fleeting interest in the collections, a quick scan is possible. Be prepared to be captivated by the objects here - footwear, of course, and related materials. Didactic informations are contemporary, and thoughtful.

Thank Don B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Of ALL things . . . . a Museum for shoes. They do cover the entire gambit of the shoe world including many aspects from the advent of shoes to the outlandish (Elton John, KISS (the rock group)). Very intriguing to say the least. Something...More

Thank C D M
Reviewed 1 week ago

From shoes worn by famous Canadiens, to shoes worn by indigenous peoples, to shoes worn in previous centuries, it's all good. My favorites were the French walnut-crushing shoes. See picture.

Thank abecedarius
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This small museum was created by a passionate shoe collector. Shoes and boots are shown dating back six thousand years. I particularly enjoyed the boots from the Siberia and the Arctic which are made from Reindeer skin which had been beautifully embroiled. At the other...More

Thank Jacqueline H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glad to have finally got around to visiting this wonderful museum. You can see the whole museum in a couple of hours and we were entranced by the story of shoes! Starting at the lowest level, you find the earliest examples of footwear and as...More

Thank Ricardamundo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting museum, focused on shoes - over the centuries and in different contexts, and also on shoe production (and the associated negative environmental and social issues).

Thank RolandMichelitsch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This little museum was an unexpected surprise. Very beautiful space and well organized. Displays with information on historical footwear. Lots of information. Well thought out displays over 4 floors. Course through the museum leads you from one exhibit to the next easily. So interesting to...More

Thank bala793
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The museum was more interesting than we had expected. I expected to learn about shoemaking, and was not disappointed, but there are also displays showing the role of shoes in society over the years. Four floors of displays, and things to interest children.

Thank David L
Reviewed 10 November 2017

On a trip to Toronto for a convention, my husband & I used the convenient subway system to visit the Bata Shoe Museum. Recommended by a relative, it was well worth the trip & the time we spent there. The displays of shoes throughout history...More

Thank Elizabeth R
Reviewed 9 November 2017

The basement floor with the timeline of shoes was worth the price alone. The religious use and meaning of shoes was particularly interesting/unexpected, as were many of the pairs of shoes we viewed along the way. Upstairs there is a history of the high heel....More

Thank TheTeacher M
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Kat S
25 November 2017|
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Response from Sharben | Reviewed this property |
I wouldn’t have thought so, in case you spill it on the exhibits.
12 September 2017|
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Response from tp0ps | Reviewed this property |
No you can't and the gift shop is very disappointing. The museum is fascinating.
22 March 2017|
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Response from June S | Reviewed this property |
$14 Adult $8 Students $5 children 5-17