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“nicely arranged, interesting museum”
Review of Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum
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US$34.36*
and up
Toronto City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #28 of 529 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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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 7 June 2014

This museum is unique -- a real gem -- with information about shoes from around the world, famous people, and indigenous Canadian groups. Really enjoyed visiting.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

This museum will make an impact in the telling of the history of shoes from all over the world great displays history and articles as well as famous and infamous footware. take the walk and enjoy ...and by the way no foot odour in the place...lol

Thank Dan01_11
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

First off, I wouldn't recommend this activity if you have small children, as the displays are really meant to be read and appreciated. However older kids may enjoy the activities like trying on the different play shoes.

The museum was a humble yet very impressive display of shoes throughout history and present day. My personal favorites were the Moon Boot that Jim Lovell wore, Queen Victoria's silk shoes and the extensive exhibit on Native American/ First Nations shoes. Overall we spent a very educational hour here for $14.

I understand that the museum displays only about 5% of its total collection due to restoring, etc. The rotating exhibit during my visit was Sneaker Culture. I found it engaging even though I had little prior interest in the subject.

2  Thank MissNic253
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I am a shoe lover and have a shoe room; so, the thought of a shoe museum built by someone who had over 3,000 pairs of shoes was mesmerizing to me. Unfortunately, the museum fell short. It is 4 stories of shoes but more history and floor space than there were shoes. I wanted to see Ms. Bata's collection, not history. If history is your interest, it is a good venue.

2  Thank Stacey R
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

The museum layout was really nice, as it took you chronologically through acient times to current, showcasing different types of shoes worn by different groups of people around the world.

Thank Synthetic_Ash
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