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“If You love shoes!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bata Shoe Museum

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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$33*
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Toronto City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Ranked #51 of 614 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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 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.
New Fairfield, Connecticut
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“If You love shoes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

On a recent trip to Toronto went to the Bata Museum. It was Fab- they had a collections of shoes that were great. Native American, a collection from the Roaring Twenties and the best was the collection of shoes from French designer Roger Viver. they has a few pairs that belonged to famous folks. They rotate the collection so if you go they may not have the same displays. I loved it!! don't miss it. Went the first time alone and returned a few days later with friends. The gift shop was small and a bit pricey. But I did not go there to shop.

Visited August 2012
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Ontario, Canada
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“More fun than expected”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Was surprisingly very interesting, with large collection of footware including radical styles, ancient models, shoes from multiple celebrities. So interesting if you are into fashion, history, famous people or shoes.

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Panama
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“a cute and unique museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Even though I am not a museum person, I really liked this one. It features shoes around the world and the stories behind them - usually reflecting the cultural values and aspirations of their societies. The architecture of the building is very attractive too, works very well with the exhibitions.

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Philadelphia, PA
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“cute little museum!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

I really wanted to get to this museum and I'm glad I did. I loved the exhibit on shoes through time on the lower level (boy, those bound feet were SMALL!!). Also loved the flapper exhibit, where the shoes loved so contemporary!
I wasn't as crazy about the rotating exhibit on the top level by a designer i had never heard of. Also, I was primed to buy a few cute shoe themed items for shoe-crazy friends, but found the gift store very small and not all that well stocked. Otherwise this would have been a 5star rating. Enjoyed it!

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Saint Ignace, Michigan
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“Not just another museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Full disclosure: I'm not that into shoes. But this was pretty cool and worth a visit. From the remarkably well made, functional and even contemporary leather shoe-boot found on the 5,300 year-old Otzi Man (the guy frozen in the Alps), to pumps worn by Marilyn Monroe, to the artwork of Roger Vivier, I have to say I was glad I went.

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