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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
10:00 am - 8:00 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

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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One of a kind!!!

Unique experience and ideally located to reach by foot or by subway. A visit to this museum and a tour with a docent is very engaging and a learning experience appealing to all... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Toronto, Canada
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Whitehorse, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am not a big shoe person but I found this Museum very interesting. The history of shoes or foot-coverings was fascinating. So were the special displays of Traditional Arctic Footwear and Men in Heels. The display of footwear worn by famous people was also interesting. Our feet are so important to our health. It was interesting to see how... More 

Thank Gertie68
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Over the top My two teens loved it Would do it again Great souvenirs Great to see a fav four shoe And Elton John's boots

Thank Shelley W
Toronto, Ontario
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you love footwear you will find this shoe museum really interesting. It is also walking distance from the Royal Ontario Museum. It's an unusual museum that the whole family could visit together. Anyone interested in the history of fashion throughout the ages should pay this place a visit at least once when they are in Toronto. N.S., Toronto

Thank hollyandzoe
Teaneck, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were delighted with our visit. The museum is excellently done, great displays and explanations. Not to be missed

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The history and culture of humanity told from a perspective that is 5 inches off the ground, from the first known footwear ever found to the present. The displays and accompanying descriptions are engaging and intelligent. It really changes the way one thinks about shoes!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My first thought of this museum is that of one that will have thousanfs of Bata shoes starting from the time Bata produced its first shoe. How wrong was I! It turned out to be one of the better museum worth visiting. Through its many collections, this museum illustrates the cultural aspect of foot wear use and evolution by different... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Unique experience and ideally located to reach by foot or by subway. A visit to this museum and a tour with a docent is very engaging and a learning experience appealing to all ages.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here as a women shoes are important. But this is more about shoe history and has a great range and diversity. Shoes from all countries and peoples. shoes belonging to Stars including Screen and Sport and the Dahlia Lama. Some look like torture,some sweet. But i liked the Shoes and boots from the Artic communities.

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I expected way more interesting shoes being exhibited. Of course "history" is showcased, but the more current shoes are below average. i was disappointed as had a different expectation, more like lady gaga, madonna kind of shoes ......but very little in that regard :-(

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't have to particularly love shoes to get into this museum. It has many interesting displays and is very unique. I didn't think I would like it but I was intrigued with the history and variety of shoes.

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