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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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Great collection and we'll displayed

Although I think it holds the attention of adults the best our eight year old daughter liked it too. The various exhibits and background information at each display was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Although I think it holds the attention of adults the best our eight year old daughter liked it too. The various exhibits and background information at each display was interesting and well presented. The museum itself is well laid out and attractive although the gift shop could be larger. The museum needs some volunteer greeters and someone to add more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We almost didn't go to this museum, thinking that a museum about shoes could be a bit boring, but that would have been a huge mistake. This museum took me by surprise with all of it's wonderful exhibits. We learned so much about shoes from around the world as well as the evolution of fashion in general. You can tell... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been here twice, once on a lark, once because a friend was training to be a docent. For the price of admission, it's not worth it.

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Thank julez48
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I thought a "shoe museum" might be a bit lame, but y husband insisted we go with the kids one cold, rainy day. It was really worth the visit, with many more interesting and unique displays than I could have imagined, and some really interesting historical information on the role and evolution of footwear. Great family outing!

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Okay...so who knew the history of shoes could be so much fun. It was brilliant. And their special exhibit was awesome! There was a poisonous dress (in a display case of course).

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bata Museum is compact, quirky and packs lots into the 3 levels we visited. You can tell lots about a people from the shoes they wear and the Bata provides anthropological insights aplenty. Its easy to get to, close to the Subway, and is a great place to visit for an hour or so. We went with 2 teens... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A fascinating little museum for anyone interested in cultural history, social values and change, and, of course, shoes. The permanent exhibit focuses on shoes through history and across cultures and religions. The temporary exhibits are more thematic, such as celebrity shoes. Its central location makes it easy to stop by. You can't miss it -- the building looks like a... More 

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Clarence, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

An interesting collection and history of footwear. If you like shoes than you will like this museum.

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Vaughan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Its very cool place to visit ! I have been there very long time ago, but defiantly must go once place!!!

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

If you enjoy staring at a variety of shoes, this place is a knock-out. However, if you are a normal, functioning member of society this place will out you to sleep. I attended this place as a guest of a group of others who were interested in visiting the place.

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