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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 #41 of 311 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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Zurich, Switzerland
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182 reviews 182 reviews
41 attraction reviews
531 helpful votes 531 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

The Bata shoe museum is a great place to go and explore shoes through history and geography. There are four floors full of all sorts of shoes and kids are given the chance to try a few funny ones on. All very well displayed and nicely explained.

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My teenage son very kindly agreed to accompany me to the museum - and found that he quite enjoyed it! The building is modern and spacious with exhibits set out in an easy to follow route. The history of shoes was very well laid out and more interesting than either of us expected - I enjoyed this aspect of the... More

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Montreal, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Went with my daughter and we loved exploring the different floor exhibits. Loved learning about the history of shoes. Much more interesting than I thought it would be.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

I love shoes so had to go to the shoe museum. I thought it was really interesting. Shows the history and development of shoes over time. Very informative and enjoyable hour spent here.

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Singapore
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Nice cozy museum, wheelchair accessible. Nice organization. There's an interactive touchscreen program that allows one to design a shoe/sneaker/high heel/etc., albeit with limited options. However, the option of emailing the finished product to one's loved one did not work.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This is a great collection of footware from ancient to modern times. It was very interesting to see shoes from different cultures as well. While not an overly exciting museum, it's worth a visit if you're interested in a unique, historical experience.

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Weston, Massachusetts
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142 reviews 142 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The Concierge recommended going to the shoe museum. As a guy I was not that interested but had some time to kill in the middle of my day at the seminar so went on one of the rental city bikes in Toronto and off I rode to the museum. It was $14 Canadian to get in and it was an... More

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Rehoboth Beach
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145 reviews 145 reviews
13 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This museum is unique -- a real gem -- with information about shoes from around the world, famous people, and indigenous Canadian groups. Really enjoyed visiting.

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courtice, ontario, canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This museum will make an impact in the telling of the history of shoes from all over the world great displays history and articles as well as famous and infamous footware. take the walk and enjoy ...and by the way no foot odour in the place...lol

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Seattle, Washington
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014 via mobile

First off, I wouldn't recommend this activity if you have small children, as the displays are really meant to be read and appreciated. However older kids may enjoy the activities like trying on the different play shoes. The museum was a humble yet very impressive display of shoes throughout history and present day. My personal favorites were the Moon Boot... More

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