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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
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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Lots of shoe

An interesting museum with lots of different styles of shoes from different periods in history. They have some interactive games which were a little slow to work and one of them... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Regina, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Bata Shoe Museum is in an architecturally beautiful building. The street profile is impressive, the space inside is amazing. The exhibits are both historic, informative, and artistic. We took our time and enjoyed the entire experience. For anyone with an interest in fashion, the Bata Shoes Museum is a must.

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Paradise, Newfoundland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Had fun time here with my sister! Really neat place to visit especially cpfor those with a fetish for shoes. It was actually quite interesting to see the different types of footwear worn by different cultures at different time periods. Footwear of famous people were there as well.

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Cobourg, Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a superb boutique museum, well-located for tourists, and housed in a a beautiful custom building, designed by one of Canada's most renowned architects. It's not just about a great shoe collection: this museum details the history and significance of footwear from earliest times to the present day. The interior of the building is just as interesting as the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I went with a client of mine from out of town who really wanted to see the museum, but I was glad I didn't pay to see it myself. I found it highly boring.

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Santa Rosa, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

History told through shoes....what an incredible idea! The first floor tells about history, religion, and culture through shoes. Another 2 galleries have special shows. the gift shop ws disappointing. Parking seems to be a bit difficult although we were lucky and found a place right around the corner. If you are a museum lover, this should not be missed. There's... More 

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Bradford, Ontario, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I think this could be a real tool for education for a variety of ages... I wish there were guides to offer some help I did enjoy the actual displays. It would be a great jumping off point for educators. My older friend wasn't that interested??

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

An interesting museum with lots of different styles of shoes from different periods in history. They have some interactive games which were a little slow to work and one of them didn't work. The cost of the museum is good at $14 you get what you pay for.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It's a lovely exhibit, nice new building and well presented but I just felt it was a little meh for me. I was almost glad that a massive tour bus crowd arrived and gave me a good excuse to slide out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

As a lover of shoes, this was a must - visit attraction for me. It was recommended to start my visit on the lower ground floor and work my way up which is exactly what I did. I started with a short film clip discussing some of the shoes on display. Unfortunately, it was a little lacklustre. Moving on to... More 

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is one of the most interesting museums I have visited so far. It's not very big, but the lay out of the shoes and information make it worth staying a long time. On the first floor, it presents an historical overview of shoes. You see how they came into existence followed by numerous shoes throughout cultures and religions. The... More 

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