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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 #43 of 298 attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Northolt, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Did not enjoy this museum, I love shoes but this was boring, ok if your into the history but way too much of that & not enough up to date shoes & info. We decided to take the long walk from downtown so we could enjoy the sights along the way but it was a big disappointement, should have saved... More

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Surrey, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

An interesting place if you love shoes! You get to see shoes from all over the world in different shapes and sizes, with beads and sparkles, made of leather and fur! There is quite a collection of shoes that belonged to celebrities as well. You get to see the evolution of shoes through time... An interesting visit overall...

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Columbus
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

On a rainy Friday morning I dragged the gang (husband, 2 kids ages 8 & 10) in soggy shoes to the Bata Shoe Museum. We'd spent a week hoofing it all over Toronto and the "biggie" museums like ROM and the AGO. This museum was perfect, if a bit quirky. I mean, I had to work a bit to convince... More

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Toronto, Canada
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Who knew they'd be an entire museum dedicated to shoes!? While I wouldn't place it as my number one attraction in Toronto, it is quite unique and I enjoyed my visit. It's especially interesting seeing shoes from many different cultures.

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Coram, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Great museum if you love shoes and are interested in it's history and evolution. Otherwise...eh. It was interesting to see the different shoes of different cultures but after so long at the museum, it gets a little tiring!

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Falmouth, MA
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153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

This small museum traces the history of foot ware from ancient Roman times through the present. The displays are interesting and informative. The highlights include shoes from famous people and an incredible sneaker display that elevated these humble shoes to an art form.

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This is quite a small museum, but what made the trip worthwhile for me was the third floor sneaker exhibit, documenting the development of the style from the earliest days, and containing many custom designs from well-known artists.

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Galway, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I’m not a shoe person, went in with a bit of hesitation but this Bata Shoe Museum is really a Wahl !! A Great and fascinating display of shoes from world cultures and fashion history and celebrity ...

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

My family was a bit skeptical, but I managed to convince them to visit this museum. It's amazing. From the very early and very rudimentary shoes to the latest ones, it's all there. There is even a magnificent painting of Lord Shri Ram gifting his pair of Sandals to his brother Prince Bharath, and the museum explains how 'shoes' have... More

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MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I was skeptical, but my whole family (husband and 12 year old daughter) found the museum to be worthwhile. The exhibits are very thoughtfully done, and provide good educational content (native American footwear), as well as some fun stuff (celebrity shoes). The sneaker culture exhibit did a nice job trying to put pop culture in context. Overall, very well done,... More

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