Bata Shoe Museum
Bata Shoe Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • St. George • 2 min walk
  • Spadina • 4 min walk
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Fairyinboots
London, UK78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Really enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. Staff very friendly and we meant so much about shoes and the history of them. Go if you can
Written March 27, 2024
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TYsadventures
Brooklyn, NY351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I loved stepping into History. The Mesmerizing World of the Bata Shoe Museum was a captivating realm where fascination, intrigue, and a wealth of information await every visitor.

From ancient footwear to contemporary styles, the museum provides a thought-provoking journey through the evolution of shoes across time.

With three floors dedicated to the diverse world of footwear, the experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

The Bata Shoe Museum takes you on a captivating journey, unraveling the stories woven into the soles of shoes from different eras.

The exploration from historical footwear to modern trends serves as a source of provocative food for thought, offering a unique perspective on culture, fashion, and craftsmanship.

I was immersed in a world of shoes, shoes, and more footwear across three floors of the museum.

The sheer variety and artistry displayed make it a treasure trove for shoe enthusiasts and those intrigued by the evolution of fashion and style.

My visit left me both amazed and curious, as the Bata Shoe Museum exceeded my expectations. The intriguing exhibits and the diverse array of shoes on display captured my imagination, making it a must-visit for anyone with a penchant for history and fashion.

The Bata Shoe Museum prides itself on being accessible to all. With a fully roll-in automatic door entry and elevators, the museum ensures that everyone can partake in the fascinating journey through the history of footwear.

What's even more delightful is the reasonable pricing, making this cultural gem accessible to a broad audience.

What began as a visit turned into a prolonged exploration, as the captivating exhibits and immersive displays held my attention for much longer than I anticipated.

The Bata Shoe Museum offers a rich experience that invites visitors to linger and absorb the fascinating narratives embedded in each pair of shoes.

Conveniently located just two blocks from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the Bata Shoe Museum complements Toronto's cultural landscape.

Consider combining visits to both museums for a day filled with diverse perspectives on history, fashion, and human expression.

The Bata Shoe Museum is a hidden gem that seamlessly weaves together history, art, and culture through the lens of footwear.

From its accessible design to the rich narratives within, this museum promises an enriching experience that transcends expectations. Step into the Bata Shoe Museum, where every shoe tells a story waiting to be discovered.
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Written January 6, 2024
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mayuriassudani
Nagpur, India87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
It has been the most memorable experience in a shoe museum. I really liked how detailed the history with each creation was. All exhibits were brilliant.
A must visit.
Written November 24, 2023
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Christine A
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I love it. So many different kinds of shoes and history, I couldn't help but wonder how people walked in them!
Really short visit 30 mins tops.
Written November 5, 2023
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Carrie K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Loved this place! Its a very nicely designed museum and created the essence of what shoes are all about from a historical standpoint. I highly encourage anyone who loves and is passionate about shoes to check this place out! Gift shop was really great an offered a variety of items for the shoe lover!

FYI: I didn’t need to pay more for a ‘skip the lines pass’ as there wasn’t a line any didn’t sense that wait times or a long line would ever be an issue.
Written October 22, 2023
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Yeti1988
Denver, CO99 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I love, LOVE oddly specialized museums, so this seemed like the perfect place for me to come. I was just somehow expecting... more. What they have is interesting,and the history is certainly fascinating, I couldn't help but feel as though something was missing. Something I have yet to quite put my finger on. It's worth going once if you have never been, but it does not have a lot of "repeat visit" value.
Written October 21, 2023
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Sharon H
Ware, UK49 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Wasn't expecting much as just whiling away a couple of hours before leaving town but we were pleasantly surprised. It was very interesting & we learned a fair bit, definitely worth a visit.
Written September 29, 2023
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MomRocco
Chicago, IL544 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I'm willing to consider that my interests in shoes may not match up with what others found interesting here, but we were very disappointed in this museum. The exhibit on sports footwear was just okay. The exhibit which tried to tie in flowers to the shoes on display was very weak. The exhibit which attempted to create a narrative about footwear and sex was ridiculous and missed the mark. Would not recommend.
Written September 26, 2023
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MWG12
Leonia, NJ218 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Interesting exhibits. I liked the lower floor exhibit on the history of shoes. I did not enjoy as much the exhibits which showed countless sneakers, with more information about them that I needed to know.
Written September 8, 2023
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margatemensch2016
Coconut Creek, FL798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
In the middle of August,I had an interesting visit to the Bata Shoe Museum.I learned about the history of footwear from Period of the Prehistoric Otzi Man (5300 years ago in what is currently the Czech Republic-replica of sandals)to the present day.I saw Indian Shoes with metallic toe rings(1840),Asante African Sandals,Pope Benedict IV's Shoes(1914-1922),Chestnut Crushing Clogs from France(1914),Moravian Dance Boots,and 20th Century Peter Max designed shoes,among a plethora of others.
At the temporary"Flower in Bloom"exhibit,I saw impressive shoes with floral designs by the Wardat Nation("Persian Buttercup"),iconic shoe designer,the late Beth Levine("Iris"),Yves Saint Laurent("Phulkari Acanthus Shoe"),and "Strawberry Shoes",among others.
Going to the Bata Shoe Museum was a unique experience for me.The staff of this museum was very helpful.I was a newcomer to the study of shoes.
Written August 26, 2023
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Bata Shoe Museum admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$15.48, while a popular guided tour starts around C$67.88 per person.


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