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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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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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An unusual museum

Unlike any museum I have ever been to, this was an interesting museum both in architecture and content. From the historical take on indigenous footwear to the platforms and high... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Granbury, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

The history of the shoe is well represented in the Bata Museum. The interactive approach makes this enjoyable for kids and adults alike. You can even try on shoes and design your own on the interactive displays. My only disappointments were that my designed shoes didn't send to the e-mail addresses and that they do not actually sell shoes in... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Beautifully presented. Very educational. You will learn a lot. It's definitely one of the most engaging museums, especially for young people or those interested in fashion.

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Burlington, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

A small group of us went to this Museum as part of our "Girl's Weekend" in Toronto. Enjoyed it immensely. It was certainly an educational experience and we loved all the different shoes made through the centuries. I can't believe how they bounded feet in China. Definitely worth a trip. Also a great place to host an event. Great space.... More 

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Liverpool
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Unlike any museum I have ever been to, this was an interesting museum both in architecture and content. From the historical take on indigenous footwear to the platforms and high heels of the rich and famous there is plenty to see and learn about.

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Scarsdale, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I went with a girlfriend - we loved seeing shoes from the Renaissance, astronaut boots, small shoes from China for bound feet (glad that's not done anymore), a pair belonging to Marilyn Monroe and more! This was a fun little museum to visit. We liked that the shoes were displayed by mirrors so one could see all sides.

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Queens, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

the museum itself was alittle boring and i could have spent my money on something else. It wouldnt have been upset if i skipped that

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Almere, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Beautifull collection of shoes. Personal collection from Sonja Bata of Inuit en First nations people shoes. Often intresting exhibits. And in a nice building designed by a Japanese architect.

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West Lorne,Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Very informative. Take time to watch the short video clips in the lower level. Each one is a different subject and only take a minute or two. My favourite exhibit is the 3rd level.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This is a great history lesson, told through shoes from all over the world. This is probably one of the most interesting boutique museums in the city.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Enjoyed our visit to this shoe museum, just wish they had more exhibits. My favorite thing there was a pair of tennis shoes from Roger Federer.

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Address: 327 Bloor St. W. | (at St. George St.), Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada
Phone Number: +1 416-979-7799
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Toronto>  > Midtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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