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“What a boot - I mean hoot!”
Review of Bata Shoe Museum

Bata Shoe Museum
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$34.65*
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Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #27 of 536 things to do in Toronto
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Reviewed August 6, 2014

Had no idea what to expect when my friend suggested we check out a shoe museum. But it was great! Very well laid out, telling the history of footwear from ancient times to the present. They had some fun shoes donated - like Elton John's platforms, Robert Redfords's boots from "Out of Africa," and Queen Victoria's mourning slippers. I really appreciated the display of religious traditions with Pope Benedict XIV's red slippers and the Dalai Lama's sandals. It is a bit dark with a lot to read -squitned a lot. And it is a bit pricey. But still - a real b/hoot!

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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Well worth the time for a shoe lover! It was on my top three list to see and was so much more than I expected!

Thank Carol T
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went to Bata with the family, husband, wife, 16girl, 14 boy, 9 girl. The guys were not as fascinated with it but there were things to enjoy even for us. The girls did enjoy it very much. The history stuff was interesting to see how people will do almost anything to appear hip. Overall worth the stop for sure.

Thank CurtisESandberg
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Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

A little out of the way! On the Northeast side off the University of Toronto! Have good walking shoes or just take the metro/can. Walks you through the entire history and evolution of shoes. amazing to see such transformation and artistry! Definitely can be fun for everyone

8 per student / $14 everyone else

Thank Sistersonatrip
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Reviewed August 4, 2014

Decided to go by the museum on a rainy day. Had a 2-for-1 coupon found in the back of a Toronto city guide, so the price was essentially half off. Was most interesting to read through the history of shoes on the bottom floor. The top floors were hit or miss in terms of interest (I feel you can only see so many moccasins). Overall, made for a worthwhile short visit in a unique museum but would not be worth full price in my opinion.

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