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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 - 20:00
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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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More interesting than I thought!

Shoes are interesting for girls, right? This museum entertained me for over 90 minutes. Surprisingly educational, not just about shoes but about the world.

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Wichita, Kansas
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47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited the museum with someone who has a shoe fetish and it didn't disappoint! There are so many fun styles, boots, and stories to match. It's definitely worth your time.

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Shoes are interesting for girls, right? This museum entertained me for over 90 minutes. Surprisingly educational, not just about shoes but about the world.

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Thank Andrew I
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Anyone interested in women's history, fashion history, or pop culture history would love this Museum. It is fairly easy to get to by public transportation, but requires a small amount of walking. It is a small museum, but I think it was worth the money to see. It covers lots of world history by looking into the different styles of... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful museum depicting the history of shoes. Fascinating, amazing, and so educational. Presentation was excellent. Definitely a must if visiting Toronto! Great for the whole family.

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Toronto, Canada
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649 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are definitely some odd museums in the world, though they generally have a tendency to congregate together (think Paris or Vienna). This is Toronto's entry into the weird museum world, but seems at times a little hesitant to embrace the weirdness, or to take itself too seriously. It is stuck somewhere in the middle, seeming to want to be... More 

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Thank FirstCircle
Toronto, Canada
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very interesting place to visit especially if you love shoes and history of them. It's a lot of reading and gets tiresome. At the end we found out that there is a narrated tour but you have to use your phone which is fine but you need earphones. More likely to have a phone than carry earphones.... More 

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Ottawa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Museum on a rainy and quiet Friday afternoon during March school break. It was very enjoyable. Its exhibits and displays were very well organized and well documented. History of shoes was most fascinating and an eye opener. One bonus, the Museum was easy to get to by public transportation.

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Thank gripbic45
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is well set up. Each section covers a different theme. There is a men's heel room. There is another room containing foot wear from Northern countries. There are other rooms that are very interesting.

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Thank teddytaz
Easthampton MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Museum is small but there is a legacy of shoes on display. From historical types of footwear to modern athletes shoes. Shoes of the stars and also on display. Found it amazing just centering on shoes. There are also area for children to interact with shoes and learn more about shoes with outstanding docents.

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Thank 24thIDTraveller
Leverett, Massachusetts
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed the exhibits in the museum, especially the special ones on "Men in Heels" and "Arctic Footwear". Had some trouble reading the information. It wasn't so much that the lighting was low to protect the exhibits, but the positioning of the texts and the size of the text. Some of us aren't getting any younger. An audio program would also... More 

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