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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 am - 5:00 pm
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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
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: The Bata Shoe Museum: For Every Shoe There's a Story The Bata Shoe...
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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I visited early on a Saturday afternoon with my 13 yo daughter and I think there was something there for both of us. The first floor had an exhibit on shoes throughout history... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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montreal, canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Everyone said I must go, and since it was right there, I went. I was the only person in there. Four floors describing and displaying the history of shoes. Other cultures and their attempts to cover and protect feet. Interesting how all around the world they made similar styles. And the attempt to distinguish classes by the shape and height... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

When you start, be sure to take the time and watch some of the video in the theater. There are descriptions and clips from many of the interesting shoes kept in storage. The clips are well done. Although the history of shoes is basically the same as previously, the rest of the exhibits are all new. I am still amazed... More 

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Rochester, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I visited early on a Saturday afternoon with my 13 yo daughter and I think there was something there for both of us. The first floor had an exhibit on shoes throughout history starting with some shoes (that looked like awfully uncomfortable straw boats!) found on the caveman "Oetzi" followed by shoes made of yucca and HAIR by the Cliff... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It was nice seeing shoes from hundreds of years ago. They had snowshoes and these old fashion boots for scuba divers. I just wish they had hockey skates. It would have been neat to see the old ones. Also if they had skates of famous hockey players. Guys would really enjoy that. They had runners from Shaq. My boyfriend wanted... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 via mobile

Learned many things about footwear that I had not thought about before! A unique museum with many different shoes. My 17-year old daughter and I enjoyed it very much and found the staff extremely welcoming and helpful.

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Lion's Head, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This museum had a lot of nice surprises; interesting facts and stories that I was not expecting. There was a lot of content that made one realize how large of an impact shoes have had on humanity, everything from social movements to sayings and adages, etc. I found the ancient/historical shoes from around the world most interesting. Although the shoes... More 

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great history lesson in footwear with some stunning samples on view. We arrived too early, as the museum,like everything else in the city,does not open until 10am. It is well worth a visit however, we came away enlightened on many aspects of footwear from around the globe. The native American section is awe- inspiring!

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Rosario, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The Bata couple started this museum, quite different from any others, with collections of shoes brought from different spots in the world. I would have expected more, as it is mainly the history of shoes in modern and contemporary times, but many other reviewers have found it a great display. Yet, there are other museums which deserve a visit in... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I was there on Thursday when they have entrance like "pay any want you want" but suggest to pay 5$. So I was amazed what an interesting collection of shoes do the y have! Especially on -1 floor where is the evolution of shoes and its historic development is shown. Most of all I like extremely small shoes of rich... More 

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Ithaca, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I was unsure what to expect but it was ao interesting. It shows the history of shoes. There is a lot more to shoes than you can imagine. It has quite a collection of athletic shoes as well.

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