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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 #41 of 314 Attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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... more » 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. « less
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Orlando, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Shoe museum??? Are you kidding me??? Not sure at all what to expect but was totally entertained for 1-2 hours or so exploring this unique museum!!! So interesting to learn about the art and craft of shoes and their history....great fun for the whole family. You need to explore this unique museum!

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New York City, New York
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

I loved this museum. Everything about it was really fantastic from the first origins of shoes by culture to the celebrity shoes on the second floor. This museum is not really kid friendly, but for those who love shoes, it was a great experience.

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Springfield, New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

If you love shoes and fashion this is the museum to see . The museum only displays a fraction of what they have, but what they display is both fascinating and intriguing. Shoes from all eras, the history and the cultural context. The staff was friendly and helpful. The facility is well located with parking available in the area. This... More

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London UK
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37 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Enjoyed the exhibit on fashion victims of the 18th century, as well as the permanent collection. Small, but worth a visit if you are interested in social history and/or shoes!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This was on the top of my list of things to see and I loved this museum. Cool & quiet, 4 floors to meander through, arriving when it first opened gave an opportunity to read about each item and not feel rushed. The history on shoes and what was worn in other countries was so much fun! My favorite exhibit... More

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Richmond Hill, Canada
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My two daughters and I went for "Mothers Day" tea and had a wonderful time. Our tea was delightful and we had a tour of the shoe museum after that we most enlightening.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Had no idea what to expect when my friend suggested we check out a shoe museum. But it was great! Very well laid out, telling the history of footwear from ancient times to the present. They had some fun shoes donated - like Elton John's platforms, Robert Redfords's boots from "Out of Africa," and Queen Victoria's mourning slippers. I really... More

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Altus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well worth the time for a shoe lover! It was on my top three list to see and was so much more than I expected!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went to Bata with the family, husband, wife, 16girl, 14 boy, 9 girl. The guys were not as fascinated with it but there were things to enjoy even for us. The girls did enjoy it very much. The history stuff was interesting to see how people will do almost anything to appear hip. Overall worth the stop for sure.

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Commerce, Texas
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

A little out of the way! On the Northeast side off the University of Toronto! Have good walking shoes or just take the metro/can. Walks you through the entire history and evolution of shoes. amazing to see such transformation and artistry! Definitely can be fun for everyone 8 per student / $14 everyone else

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