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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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We originally stopped in on Saturday during Toronto's Open Doors weekend, but the museum was a madhouse with visitors taking advantage of free admission, so we decided to come... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We originally stopped in on Saturday during Toronto's Open Doors weekend, but the museum was a madhouse with visitors taking advantage of free admission, so we decided to come back during regular hours. Bata Museum is open 7 days a week, except Christmas and Good Friday. You can visit free every Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. if you're determined to... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Went for fre during Doors Open event, once a year event in Toronto where many attractions and historical sites, buildings ofinterest are open for free. It was veyr crowded and probably best to see during regular times. I was impressed, love the inside stairs and layout, reminded me of the V&A in London,UK. I thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit on the... More 

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Toronto
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Years ago when the creation of this museum was announced, I was skeptical of the need for a shoe museum. And I was extremely disappointed that it was going to be built on this location given that not only is it a prime piece of real estate on Bloor Street; it is also an important access point to the University... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We visited on their birthday so it was free admission and we were glad because at $14 each we felt it was a little excessive for what we saw. The museum is well laid out and parts of it we found interesting. I like the fact that it's so unique! There are a lot of famous people's shoes on show...even... More 

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Largs, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

the museum is on three floors, felt that the charge was excessive for the articles on show, their was a preponderance of mocassins. Alright on a wet day otherwise I wouldthink other attractions, if you are a Marilyn Monroe fan they have a pair of shoes that she wore in Toronto.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is the only museum in North America that is dedicated to footwear and it contains shoes from many cultures, old (historic) shoes and those owned by celebrities. Plan n a visit of about 2.5 hours. Note that it is only a 5-minute walk to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the two may combine to make a great day... More 

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Oshawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This museum was free admission to celebrate its anniversary! I loved the fact that it wasn't too big, and really organized well. We learned so much about footwear through the ages and loved the displays!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Whether you like shoes or not, this is a fascinating collection of footwear, with an interesting history to tell. Combing this with a visit to the ROM makes for a good day out, or visit U of T and then take in this curiosity.

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montreal, canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

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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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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