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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

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

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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Who knew there were so many shoe styles

What a great collection of shoes from an authentic replica of 5300 year old Otzi Man's footwear to far out modern day with everything in between. Organized from the oldest to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Delores J
Arcadia, California

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Alberta, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A superb niche museum. Well worth visiting. Be sure to start at the lowest floor, and work up to the top floor. What an incredible collection, and the explanations are world-class. Thank you, Mr. Bata!! If you are a member of NARM, you get in free!

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Arcadia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a great collection of shoes from an authentic replica of 5300 year old Otzi Man's footwear to far out modern day with everything in between. Organized from the oldest to the newest with interesting explanations. I had visited the museum several years ago and wanted my husband and our friends to see it, too.

Thank Delores J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Bata Shoe Museum is a wonderful and eclectic museum in the heart of Toronto. Even if you have no interest in footwear, this museum is worth visiting as it gives a unique perspective on the role of footwear in life and fashion throughout human history. Pulling from a collection of over 13,000, its displays focus on footwear in different... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

What a great find. Four floors of well-organized displays recounting the history of ways of adorning, protecting, warming, and covering the feet. The little shoe box-shaped building is pleasant to be in, media exhibits with good seating give one a needed break. In addition to the survey of "Footwear through the ages" there were several temporary exhibits including a (for... More 

Thank lranewyorkparis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'e been to the Bata Shoe Museum several times with out of town guests and with my grandchildren when they each turned 9. It takes about one to one and a half hours and it is a delight. . There is usually a special exhibit as well as the regular exhibits changing periodically..

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sorry to inform you but I have never had the opportunity to visit this site but looks to be very interesting

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the Bata Shoe Museum. There are four floors providing a nicely organized tour of footwear through the ages, around the globe, as well as a couple of temporary exhibits that focussed on specific topics. Starting with replicas of Stone Age hunters' skin shoes, the first floor presented a history of footwear from both Europe and Asia and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the kids there for March Break. I have two boys and was worried that they were going to be bored out of their minds. But to my surprise they actually really loved this trip to the Bata Shoe Museum. Actually they have asked to go every March Break now. There was lots of different activities for them to do.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had only 45 minutes between a meeting and heading to the airport. Not quite enough, but one of the appealing things about this museum is that it is not overwhelming in size and 1.5 hours would do it for most people. They have a good variety of artifacts from ancient to recent pop culture footwear. I was particularly impressed... More 

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's an awesome way to view history. I liked the Men in Heels exhibit. It's great to try on some of the shoes. Loads of learning.

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