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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
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+1 416-979-7799
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10:00 - 17:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Small but well presented

They had a great Mothers Day activity - decorating clogs and tracing your shoes out on special paper.

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I wasn't too sure about whether this would be a good place to visit but our group (two couples) all enjoyed the visit. There are four floors of exhibits (yes there is an elevator) impressively arranged relative to the history of footwear along with some celebrity shoes on display. We learned a lot and recommend a visit.

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

They had a great Mothers Day activity - decorating clogs and tracing your shoes out on special paper.

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Thank ChristyCanuk
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Quite interesting! It was really fascinating to see how footwear...and humans have evolved. Even my 5 year old daughter (who only wears shoes and socks when forced to) enjoyed this museum.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We saw this advertised in brochures and were not disappointed with the total package. Not too expensive to visit and lots to see and digest so around 1.5 hours minimum to see and enjoy this museum.

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Thank Sue E
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Bata shoe museum is one of the museum gems in Toronto. It has a section with a most interesting anthropological-historical perspective on shoes in different cultures and a floor with all these cool shoes that everybody can try on. Even your children and adolescents will find it interesting. In the upstairs there are always interesting temporary exhibits such as... More 

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Modern and interesting exhibit shoes museum. Worth visiting. Good place to visit for both educational purpose and also fashion interesting. Permanent and temporary exhibitions. Easy access and walking distance from Royal Ontario museum. Love here!

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you really like shoes, then this is museum gives you an opportunity to see shoes worn through the ages by different people groups on many continents. I found the exhibition well laid out very interesting from a historical perspective. There are three floors to peruse, just so as not to bore you if shoes are not your thing then... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the plus sides: it's well laid out and easy to visit. It wasn't crowded. They have free wifi. There are some interesting shoes. There's a lot of information, if you want to read. The staff at the entrance is friendly, and then you are left alone. The downsides? We just expected it to be more fun, and more relatable.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing museum that makes you rethink the very shoes you walked in with. We thought it would be a lark, but the displays and history was interesting, the building itself, which looks like a shoebox is fun, and it can all be enjoyed by fashionistas and historians alike. The admission price isn't steep, and you're supporting design and the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the end of one of our busy touring days we were returning to our hotel the Intercontinental and remembered that the Bata Shoe Museum is just down the street. One more adventure was to occur. How great is it when both husband and wife both Love shoes. We were in heaven. We had the opportunity to tour the 4... More 

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