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Bata Shoe Museum

327 Bloor St. W. | (at St. George St.), Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada (The Annex)
+1 416-979-7799
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Ranked #32 of 250 Attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Bata Shoe Museum: For Every Shoe There's a Story The Bata Shoe...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Visited this little known gem of a museum in Toronto on the recommendation of my d-in-law. From the welcome I received right through the four floors of exhibits the experience was captivating. The Bata Family, Toronto branch, set up this history of foot wear and shoes by exhibiting examples of real shoes donated to them over the past forty years.... More 

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Winnipeg
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

What a fun and quirky place. The museum has displays of footwear through the ages, North American indigenous people, outfits (and shoes) from the 19th century, shoemaking from around the world, and even the shoes of Marilyn Munroe. It is very close to the St. George Subway station. Some displays also have audio that can be assessed through your cell... More 

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Campinas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

In this museum is possible to see different models of shoes, and each one has his own history. Past and future are shown through the shoes. No matter your style: sport, gala, royal, futuristic, medieval... you will find a model, for sure. Even famous people have their shoes exposed here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

what an attraction! the surprise and joy of this place filled my heart and I cant stop smiling whenever I think of this one place "Bata shoe museum". hmmmmmm, how lovely and exploring it was. shoes of star actors and actresses, Queen Victoria and lots more I did see and of different colours, styles, and sizes, of prehistoric to the... More 

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Canberra
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Unique! Toronto is not known for quirkiness, but this museum is top of the list! Loved it. Mike's shoes are a must.

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Roswell, Georgia, United States
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72 reviews 72 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

My husband and I visited this museum together when we were in Toronto, and I must say he was as captivated as I was. He doesn't generally have any interest in shoes, men's or women's, but the history of shoes got his attention. The collection, displaying shoes from prehistoric to modern times, was both fascinating and educational. Actually an unforgettable... More 

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New York City, New York
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126 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Who would think a museum of shoes would be so interesting?! The 1st floor is a history of shoes, and some of them are just amazing, including some worn for mourning and crushing chestnuts. The 2nd floor has celebrity shoes, and the 3rd and exhibit on shoe making. I spent about 1 hour, but some people might spend more. It... More 

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montreal
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74 reviews 74 reviews
39 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I expected this to be a history of the Bata shoe collection, but the museum is an historical and anthropological museum about the making of shoes world wide. It is an eye-knocker of a museum, because it covers so much about the history of shoes all over the world as well as the anthropological aspects. Well worth a visit.

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Slovakia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

This museum of shoes is definitely worth visiting as it is far from conventional! Get a lesson of shoes history and a little bit of inspiration too! Also suitable for children, teenagers and aspiring designers... Go and figure!

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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97 reviews 97 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Great place to spend an hour or two. Very interesting display, we really enjoyed the variety from old to modern.

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