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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

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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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I confess: I'm not fussy about shoes, so only visited this museum because I was walking past and didn't have time to make it to another museum further away before closing time. At first, the displays were what I expected: shoes worn by famous people. Ho hum. But then I moved on to displays that delved into how and why... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

After walking past it for years, my family finally decided to visit on a very cold holiday Monday. My husband and I found it really interesting, and would have liked to spend a bit more time in the galleries looking at each exhibit, but my 7 year old was rather bored. To be fair, they did have nice kids activities... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A fabulous building and the exhibits are stunning. Loads to see and admire. We all thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Bristol, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Not my first visit to this museum and I LOVE it and the wonderfully creative and educational exhibits. The architecture is worth the price of admission. I have taken men to this museum (a bit unwilling were they) and they left with smiles and conversions about shoes:-) Listen up guys...it would be a fun place to take a date...seriously!

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