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Bata Shoe Museum

Address: 327 Bloor St. W. | (at St. George St.), Toronto, Ontario M5S 1W7, Canada (The Annex)
Phone Number: +1 416-979-7799
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$32*
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Ranked #31 of 268 Attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The Bata Shoe Museum: For Every Shoe There's a Story The Bata Shoe...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
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
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.
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Toronto, Canada
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I visited quite a while ago while I was working at a nearby museum; never really thought much about shoes, but figured it would be worth checking out for some reason. I wasn't disappointed; well beyond my expectations.

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Buffalo, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The exhibition techniques and stories were amazing in the unique museum. Who knew shoes could be be so interesting. Congrats on a job well done!

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New York City, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Traveled to Toronto specifically for the Bata Shoe Museum. The permanent collection, the history of the shoe, "All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages" and my favorite, "Beauty, Identity, Pride: Native North American Footwear" are verifiable homages to the craft and its crafters. While this is not a look at every shoe that ever existed, it is a glimpse into... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Visited this little known gem of a museum in Toronto on the recommendation of my d-in-law. From the welcome I received right through the four floors of exhibits the experience was captivating. The Bata Family, Toronto branch, set up this history of foot wear and shoes by exhibiting examples of real shoes donated to them over the past forty years.... More 

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Winnipeg
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

What a fun and quirky place. The museum has displays of footwear through the ages, North American indigenous people, outfits (and shoes) from the 19th century, shoemaking from around the world, and even the shoes of Marilyn Munroe. It is very close to the St. George Subway station. Some displays also have audio that can be assessed through your cell... More 

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Campinas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

In this museum is possible to see different models of shoes, and each one has his own history. Past and future are shown through the shoes. No matter your style: sport, gala, royal, futuristic, medieval... you will find a model, for sure. Even famous people have their shoes exposed here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

what an attraction! the surprise and joy of this place filled my heart and I cant stop smiling whenever I think of this one place "Bata shoe museum". hmmmmmm, how lovely and exploring it was. shoes of star actors and actresses, Queen Victoria and lots more I did see and of different colours, styles, and sizes, of prehistoric to the... More 

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Canberra
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Unique! Toronto is not known for quirkiness, but this museum is top of the list! Loved it. Mike's shoes are a must.

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