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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 #44 of 321 Attractions in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

It has a small but really interesting collection, everything nicely displayed. Certainly a place worth paying it a visit for kids and adults alike. The building is sort of interesting too in a very 1990’s way that may feel a bit dated now, but still it counts as a good example of contemporary architecture in Toronto.

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Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Bata Shoe Museum has an amazing collection of footware and it was interesting looking and reading about the history of shoes from around the world, from a variety of aboriginal cultures, historical references and how they were made and worn. It is worth a visit. My only concern was that the bathroom was very dirty and we got there first... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It won't take you long to get through this museum, but it's got some really interesting exhibits! They also have a pair of Napoleon's socks!! They also have a pair of Justin Bieber's shoes, in the same exhibit as Elvis, Elton John and Aretha Franklin, which is the only reason this place is getting a four star rating instead of... More

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Chatham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My eldest daughter said when we were planning our trip to Toronto, Canada that she wanted to go here as her cousins had been there before and she wanted to see Justin Bieber’s shoes. It is not a huge museum and set out over 4 floors inc a basement but it is not expensive to go in. Be aware it... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I really enjoyed this museum. Admission price was reasonable and the museum is small- you will be finished within 1-2 hours. I found the history of shoes to be fascinating. They have many examples of shoes from many different cultures- some are very crazy looking and that was fun to see. I also enjoyed their exhibit on the dangers of... More

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Dover, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Who would want to see a museum about shoes??? I was totally surprised about how terrific this was. Well worth the visit. We will try to see it again if we visit Toronto again.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I love shoes so this museum is heaven to me. I have been twice...once several years ago and then again for the poisonous clothes exhibition 2 weeks ago. It is worth checking the brochures in hotel lobbies for coupons as we had a 2 for 1 offer which made it great value. My particular favourite area is where they have... More

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Carmel, Indiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It was quite expensive, and the special exhibition was a huge dissapointment. The regular exhibition was also quite disappointing. The building was lopvely, and the the exhibition rooms were well layed out, but the content wasn't that interesting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are interested or love shoes then this place is for you! They show shoes from the bog people time to present and celebrity shoes! Special exhibit was "fashion victims" about fashion (focus on shoes) where pain or death was involved in the wearing... Very interesting and a unique story. Go! Not great for very young children unless they... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

i visited the museum after 5pm and you can pay what you want. It is fun trying out shoes for kids and adults and take photos with your shoes on. history of various shoes,but i wouldn't pay more as the ticket indicates

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