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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: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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The Bata Shoe Museum: For Every Shoe There's a Story

The Bata Shoe Museum is...

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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History of Shoes

I enjoyed learning the history of footwear. It has quite a good collection of shoes through history. Its right by the Royal Ontario Museum. The tickets are expensive

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I enjoyed learning the history of footwear. It has quite a good collection of shoes through history. Its right by the Royal Ontario Museum. The tickets are expensive

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you're not into shoes then this is not for you - a lot of history is provided from all different eras and cultures worldwide. Several floors so lots to take in visually as well as read. But I would not recommend to see with active kids if you want to stop and read all the history while they are... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lovely exhibits, lots of interesting facts, and compact so good for those who like museums but not the walking!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Unexpectedly great experience We could have spent more time there unfortunatelly we came about 1 1/2 hour before closing time. Great review of the history of the shoe since antiquity, the various stages of manufacturing, the shoe in the fashion world. Very extraordinary hall where they show and denounce the exploitation of children and women in the various manufacturing stages... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a fun and interesting small museum mostly devoted to the history of SHOES of all kinds...great stop for Fashionistas and teenage girls. .and just along the block from all the MILLIONAIRES MILE of Bloor that runs from Yonge st to just west of AVENUE rd and Yorkville area. There are lots of nice restaurants in the area and... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Bata Shoe Museum on Bloor Street should really get more advertizing, recognition & acclaim. The collections are well designed & organized, well researched & illustrated. A world class museum expanding all the time. Great collection of footwear thru the ages; Artic & 19th Century footwear and clothes. Ample space to view exhibits. This is a gem amongst the others... More 

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King City, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Never really thought about attending here but took my granddaughter and was pleasantly surprised. Very professionally done and the exhibits are well displayed and informative. It was a stop on our hop on bus tour and glad we took the time to review. Relatively inexpensive to enter and there are activities for the kids to do if they wish. Also... More 

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Thank CanadianBeachFan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

from the Otzi man to Beth Levine everything was so interesting. I am a tremendous shoe lover and have my own collection however, these shoes span the globe. Everything old is new again with vegan "leather" now in stores. To think that the Otzi man wore a combination of animal skin and plant based material is incredible. Oh course rhinestones... More 

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Green Bay Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The Bata Shoe Museum contains 4 floors with various exhibits. The top floor was very interesting because it contains stories of the hazards of early shoemaking. Arsenic was used in some preparations and actually killed some shoemakers. Another floor housed displays of Inuit and Alaskans and the materials and processes they use to tan leather and prepare the shoes and... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a unique museum! I doubt that you'll find another comprehensive shoe museum to rival this one anywhere. (well, maybe Italy???) It is a little jewel in Yorkville. Plan on about two hours to do it justice. There are four floors of well done exhibits, which chronicle the history of footware, as well as a perspective on ethnic dress and... More 

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