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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
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The Bata Shoe Museum: For Every Shoe There's a Story

The Bata Shoe Museum is...

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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Surprise! The Shoe Fits the Bill.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of a shoe museum. I feared it might be too avant garde for me. I finally decided to give it a try. I’m glad I took the plunge because I was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating tour... Give yourself plenty of time my wife & girls loved it'! Have to return to finish the tour.

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Thank TobagoKeys
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was disappointed in this museum. Tells the story of the shoe and some of its evolution. I do not think worth the amount charged for the visit.

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Thank Renato M
Toronto, Canada
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32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn’t sure what to expect of a shoe museum. I feared it might be too avant garde for me. I finally decided to give it a try. I’m glad I took the plunge because I was pleasantly surprised with the range of history, types, and celebrity-owned shoes. The walk through the shoe history exhibit was great, I had no... More 

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Thank infolific
Ottawa
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91 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is not very big but a lovely way to read and view the history of shoes and clothing. I was not aware that the dyes used in clothing and shoes were so dangerous to the people working with the dyes and wearing the articles.

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Thank OttawaLinda
London, United Kingdom
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528 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I kind of had no expectations for a shoe museum but this place was very interesting and with some great exhibitions. Definitely an activity for a chilly day.

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Thank Sarah I
Windsor, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend and I toured the museum last week. We were there around two hours and enjoyed every minute. It is easy to forget that shoes are more than just an item we wear to keep out the rain (or in Canada, snow). The exhibition on men in heels was especially fun and thought provoking. One of the galleries was... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved this museum. Shoes are something you take for granted and wear almost everyday (I live in Florida). The excellent layout and informative displays really illustrate how shoes have evolved and changed through the ages. This is a must see.

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Toronto, Canada
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a very unique museum as it is totally focused on shoes. We enjoyed the two hours we spent there. Recommend

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went today after many years of want to go... it was ok BUT one section was closed and the price was still the same.... there was a group that were very loud and more interested in talking thank looking at the display. There were sone neat shoes to see but don't put it at the top of you do... More 

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would highly recommend this museum; it shows shoes through history and brings the world together in a unique way. We were initially going to give it a miss, thinking what would be interesting about shoes, but are so glad we went; spent a couple of hours looking at the exhibits. You can purchase a combined ticket for the Gardiner... More 

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