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Review of Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum
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Toronto City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #28 of 529 things to do in Toronto
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 4 December 2013

This museum is unique in the world! I was surprised with the history of the shoes and how they influenced people´s life. I liked the variety of the displays, their descriptions and the
building´s architecture.

Thank Monica G
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Great history and fashion trends of footwear from ancient times/cultures to modern era, Hollywood and more! Always something new with the historical displays remaining intact. Three wonderous floors. A great spot to visit for about a half-day. Can walk to ROM or Yorkville from here easily. I've been about 8 times and always take our out of town visitors there. Mrs. Bata has done an amazing job over the years.

Thank YYZ-RiskMgr
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

Initially not sure if this was going to be interesting but if you persevere and make it past the "sneaker" exhibition there is a fascinating exhibition of shoes from the local indigenous people from different areas of Canada. This is well presented and of considerable interest with respect to the history of the country as well as shoes - recommend it and allow about 2 hours.

Thank NorfolkRedbaron
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

I love museums that specialize in unusual exhibits, and that's why I've been looking forward to a visit at the Bata Shoe Museum on my last visit to Toronto.

I advise you to come on Thursdays between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. and pay what you can. Normally – a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children pays 35$, which is quite costly.

I enjoyed my visit at the museum: It was educational and interesting.
The display starts with historical shoes of the ancient Pharaohs and the biblical Hebrew prophets and ends with shoes of celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Barbra Streisand, Elton John and Justin Bieber. There is also an unusual display of shoes from distant and almost distinct cultures.

In my opinion, the most interesting exhibition was about the development of sports shoes from the end of the 19th century until today.

This is a really a nice museum for a short, fun visit, and there are heaps of restaurants in the area if you feel hungry at the end of your visit. It's also very close to the Royal Ontario Museum, so you can combine a visit in both places.

1  Thank GiladIsrael
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

Enjoyed this exhibit. Amazing that a very modern 4 storey building could be developed into a museum about shoes. The first two floors are a history of shoes. I enjoyed seeing the shoes of movie stars/entertainers and would you believe Queen Victoria's wedding shoes. The last two floors are exhibits that change. While I was there an exhibit of aboriginal moccasins with extraordinary bead work, and the final floor an exhibit called sneakers which includes the runners of Michael Jordan and other famous athletes as well as the sneaker worn by Terry Fox on his last run. Fascinating.

2  Thank DonnaJuneT
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