The Shoe Museum

The Shoe Museum, Street: Hours, Address, The Shoe Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Shoe Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The Shoe Museum houses more than 1,000 historic shoes including Roman and Medieval footwear. It also tells the history of Clarks from its beginnings when it was started by Quaker brothers James and Cyrus Clark to the present day.Items on display include embroidered satin Georgian shoes, Victorian button boots, Roman sandals, shoes from around the world, and the last designed for Princess Diana's wedding slipper. There are also Clarks shoes starting from the 19th century and posters and show cards including designs from Edward McKnight Kauffer who also worked on designs for the London Underground in 1915.There is also a reconstructed 19th century outworker's cottage interior.There are family trails available and a children's corner.
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Somerset Bunny
Glastonbury, UK80 contributions
No Longer Open
Oct 2019
This museum has now closed. Its artefacts are being relocated to the Alfred Gillet Trust which is based at The Grange behind Clarks Village retail outlet, which at the moment is also closed but will reopen in April 2020
Written November 6, 2019
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Louise C
Denbighshire, UK57 contributions
Museum is now closed
Oct 2019
The museum has shut with the collection being moved elsewhere. We only found this out on arriving at the museum as the website did not indicate anything
Written October 15, 2019
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maggshib
Eperlecques, France103 contributions
Smaller than we expected but interesting
Sep 2019 • Family
We visited the shoe museum while at Clarke’s Village. There was lots of shoes and clothes to try on for the boys (3 and 18months) and some craft to do but not a lot else for that age group. But it was very interesting and we could have spent longer there if there had been more for the kids. We were only there for about half an hour but it was free so fair play it was worth doing!
Written September 26, 2019
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bigphatttbub
Glasgow, UK6 contributions
intresting but strange
Sep 2019
was very pleased to find out it was free, BUT at what cost? when u go i they try to steal ur shoes to put in the exibition. i had heard about this already so didn'.t wear any. All of a sudden i got kicked out?!? oh well but what i did see was very good! will come back with thinos next thursday. go for a good time if u have foot fetish.
Written September 16, 2019
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idcus
296 contributions
A Different museum
Aug 2019
Certainly a different place to see, shows the shows trends over time and also how feet have become bigger!
Written September 1, 2019
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sally s
Taunton, UK25 contributions
A gem of a museum
Jul 2019 • Family
We took our three grandchildren aged 8, 7 and 3 to Clarks Shoe Museum and what a successful afternoon was had by one and all.
As well as providing an opportunity for the children to try on shoes from across the world, there was a fabulous dressing up area and an Egyptian themed craft desk. As a family we were warmly welcomed and the children given activity sheets. Although the museum is small it is comprehensive and well displayed. We could hear many people saying, "gosh do you remember wearing those shoes".
It really is an amazing museum and it's free.
Written August 1, 2019
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Petronella C
Somerset, UK5 contributions
Interesting items about the local shoe industry
Jul 2019
Full of interesting items about the local shoe industry. Activities for children!
I must admit to being prejudiced as I am a local!
Written July 26, 2019
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The_Concierge_8
Trinidad and Tobago3,250 contributions
Beautiful curated collection! You could whiz around in the time it takes to order and get your pub lunch!
Jun 2019 • Solo
Lovely little museum that traces the history of not just Clarks but of shoes in general.

What I found interesting is that while the styles and fabrics used in the uppers have changed through the ages, the soles and heels have not changed that much.

It’s a nicely put together collection that is reader friendly. Covers 2 floors and you could easily go around it all in 15 minutes, and it’s free. They don’t really have a ‘shop’ but there’s a few things on sale on the ground floor to commemorate your visit.

You could easily order your food in the pub and whiz around here before your lunch gets served! Have fun!
Written July 14, 2019
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Janet W
Loughton, UK39 contributions
Shoes Galore
Jul 2019 • Family
Great history of Clarks shoes through time. Worth a visit if in Street but wouldn't make a long trip to visit as quite small. We went on one day and it was closed due to ill staff but went back a few days later as we were in the area. Free museum. Only minor thing is that the exhibits don't look like they have been cleaned in quite a while and some shoes are actually disintegrating!
Written July 12, 2019
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Stephanie Young
6 contributions
Lovely place to visit
Jun 2019 • Couples
Visited the shoe museum on Wednesday, what a lovely place, the history of Clarks shoe through the ages. Was a great way to reminisce about childhood and shoes through the years. The museum is over 2 floors but there is a lift which is brilliant for anyone who has mobility issues. The staff are so helpful and nothing is too much trouble. Great place to visit.
There is also interaction for the children which makes for a very interesting and enjoyable visit for them too.
There is no charge for entry, but donations are welcome. There is also a small shop with limited goodies.
Written June 23, 2019
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  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


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