Bata Shoe Museum
Bata Shoe Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
12:00 PM - 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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  • margara7
    Toronto, Canada109 contributions
    Who could have thought shoes were that interesting?
    The Bata Shoe Museum is worth visiting even if you live in Toronto. It's conveniently located near St. George Subway Station, and the information provided is fascinating and educational. This is not a big museum, so you won't get overwhelmed while visiting the exhibits. You could easily spend over two hours here and don't even notice. I went there on a Tuesday morning, and there was only a hand full of people, which was great because I could enjoy my visit. Highly recommended!
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 14, 2022
  • oliviaray
    Seymour, Connecticut25 contributions
    Hidden Gem
    This was a hidden gem! It wasn’t listed on any must see lists when checking for things to do in Toronto and I wish it was. I happened to learn about it in a random flyer. The collection is really interesting and well laid out. I spent about an hour and half walking through and it was more than enough time to see everything and read the placards. I went during a week day so it was not busy at all. I highly recommend checking this museum out! It’s also located within walking distance of other great museums and shopping areas.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written February 16, 2023
  • JoliveB
    168 contributions
    Wonderful and fascinating museum not to be missed
    This is a fantastic museum and should not be missed. 15,000 objects covering 4,500 years of history from the first shoes to the present. Interesting displays and galleries. learn about the gold shoes of the African kings or those of Popes. The Nike Vaporfly shoes which increased the speed of the athletes by up to 4.2%. Loved it
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • cheryl w
    Ontario, Canada27 contributions
    Worth a Trip
    A very complete history of the shoe well displayed in chronological order. Interesting exhibit of the future of shoes. And currently featuring bloom-displaying shoes of various decoration of each flower type. Was a lack of children in the museum as they may not find this their style. It's nice to see people reading the panels and not spending 30 minutes pacing through a museum like I sometimes do.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written April 25, 2023
  • Stormflora
    Toronto, Canada34 contributions
    Size of museum is misleading
    I probably came at a bad time. There were four floors, but each of them didn't really have much. The available space is like 1/3 of what the building looks like on the outside. Frankly, I think the real issue is that the current exhibits are rather lukewarm and that there just isn't enough to see. The foundation for a good museum is there, but it's not fully capitalized on.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Infinitepig
    Minneapolis, Minnesota11 contributions
    Go an hour before closing
    I had a really enjoyable experience on a Friday afternoon at around 3:45 and spend about an hour and a half in the museum. It was not crowded at all. Shoes and left leaning social commentary from ancient times to modern times. A bit more thought provoking than I thought it would be. Highly recommend if there are no crowds. Would love to see HOKAs make their way into the museum.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 22, 2023
  • AmarilisVos
    Jabbeke, Belgium2,318 contributions
    Shoes, shoes, ... shoes
    We visited the museum on June 26. The museum has four floors. Although you can visit the museum in any order, we think it's best to start in the basement with the history of the shoe and why the museum exists. In the basement there is also a place where you can put on different shoes so that you can feel like a clown or a hipster.
    Visited June 2023
    Written August 18, 2023
  • margatemensch2016
    Coconut Creek, Florida780 contributions
    A Fascinating Foray Into The Study of Shoes
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Yeti1988
    Denver, Colorado99 contributions
    Meh. Worth it at least once, I suppose.
    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.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written October 21, 2023
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mayuriassudani
Nagpur, India85 contributions
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
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
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
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
Sep. 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, IL540 contributions
Sep. 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, NJ188 contributions
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, FL780 contributions
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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tam
7 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
We spent 1.5 hours here. The exhibit shows shoes over history and from various cultures. You will see designer shoes and boots and one of a kind pairs. The signage is easy to read. I loved it!
Written August 22, 2023
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Mobile817901
3 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Friends
This is a fun museum -- something different to check out! Good for people who like fashion, footwear and/or need something indoors for a little while.

I really enjoyed the curation of exhibits. I found the shoe information to be both beautiful and informative--pulling from cultural, scientific and fashion knowledge. It was really interesting and has me ITCHING to shop. We really enjoyed the special exhibit about flowers.

We went on Sunday and enjoyed visiting with a small donation (it's free Sundays) I'm not sure if I would pay full ticket price, but I definitely enjoyed browsing. This was like 45 minutes of entertainment for two adults, if you're wondering. Could be stretched a bit, but is certainly not more than a couple hours of entertainment.
Written August 20, 2023
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Bata Shoe Museum admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost C$15.61, while a popular guided tour starts around C$67.95 per person.


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