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Bata Shoe Museum

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Address: 327 Bloor St. W. | (at St. George St.), Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-979-7799
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Bata Shoe Museum: For Every Shoe There's a Story

The Bata Shoe Museum is...

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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Honestly I wasn't expecting to be impressed but I was. It was very cool to see the history of shoes and some that famous people wore. (Elton John) well worth a visit.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
June S
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Thought this would be fun and did not even imagine how much I would learn about the history of shoes, peoples ingenuity and the tenacity of people solving the needs of the times. Not a really large museum but worth it by far.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had been told by two different people that this was worth a visit, and I must say they were correct! What a neat little museum and such an interesting topic. Will tell everyone about this one!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I fought my friends to NOT go to this museum, and I'm so glad I lost! What a great museum! Not what I expected at all....there are so many different shoes to see and you learn a lot in the process! The exhibits are (from what I hear) always changing, so I would definitely come back to see what's new.... More 

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Thank Brian J
Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a treat to find this gem of knowledge and interest. Wonderful display of an incredible amount of information not only on shoes but footwear in general

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we have visited many times, the ongoing changing exhibits make it more then worthwhile to go again periodically. It is amazing how they manage to bring shoes to life in a very interesting manner. The current special exhibits of the Artic and high heels are fascinating.

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Thank FuzzyBeaver
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Honestly I wasn't expecting to be impressed but I was. It was very cool to see the history of shoes and some that famous people wore. (Elton John) well worth a visit.

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Thank June S
Fergus, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great history of Shoes through the ages. For young and old, there is something for everyone. Very accessible for disabled.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was expecting a small display of shoes made by Bata only.Its is the history of shoes since man first began wearing footwear,Includes many countries,styles,fabric,wood,leather boots,fancy,sports and many others besides.Don't miss the glass shoe mobile in the foyer.

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I wasn't sure what to expect at this museum but it really surprised me with it's depth. From early history to displays of shoes from the likes of Judy Garland to Justin Bieber, this museum has it covered. I enjoyed the Men in Heels section, and the very interesting section on hand-crafted shoes and other garments from other cultures. I... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cute little museum focusing on shoes. Bold modern design holding a collection of the shoes of the world. The collection is curated Often and is always evolving. Thursday is pay what you can. If you love shoes (like my mother) this is your altar of worship.

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