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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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The museum has an interesting collection of shoes and goes from the oldest shoe ever found to present days weird shoes. It is not a big museum but taught me some very interesting... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Brasilia, DF
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Brasilia, DF
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum has an interesting collection of shoes and goes from the oldest shoe ever found to present days weird shoes. It is not a big museum but taught me some very interesting facts about the evolution of shoes and its role in societies all over the world. Worth a visit!

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Saar, Bahrain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Very interesting museum, with different levels showcasing different aspects of footwear. So much history here, which was a very pleasant surprise. And there's more than just shoes to see. I particularly liked the section on the outerwear of the coldest regions on earth, as well as the one on the top floor which shows the painstaking work that went into... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Who knew there was so much to know about shoes, feet and the history of footwear. If you follow the historical progression from ground floor to the top of the beautifully designed building, you will come away with a much deeper appreciation of shoes.

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Newmarket, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you like history and shoes, this is the place for you. My visit was a couple of years ago,but I enjoyed it with my family. The rooms are decorated according to the history of the shoes. There was a section of to die for shoes done by a famous designer.There were shoes worn by cows, farmers, Native Americans and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This venue is much more than shoes...its all about history, both Canadian and Global History. The development of our footwear and the influences felt as they develop and change. The staff are very helpful indeed.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought this would be fun and did not even imagine how much I would learn about the history of shoes, peoples ingenuity and the tenacity of people solving the needs of the times. Not a really large museum but worth it by far.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been told by two different people that this was worth a visit, and I must say they were correct! What a neat little museum and such an interesting topic. Will tell everyone about this one!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I fought my friends to NOT go to this museum, and I'm so glad I lost! What a great museum! Not what I expected at all....there are so many different shoes to see and you learn a lot in the process! The exhibits are (from what I hear) always changing, so I would definitely come back to see what's new.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a treat to find this gem of knowledge and interest. Wonderful display of an incredible amount of information not only on shoes but footwear in general

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we have visited many times, the ongoing changing exhibits make it more then worthwhile to go again periodically. It is amazing how they manage to bring shoes to life in a very interesting manner. The current special exhibits of the Artic and high heels are fascinating.

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