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Bata Shoe Museum Toronto

Where is it at?

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Bata Shoe Museum
327 Bloor Street West
Toronto
ON
M5S 1W7
Tel: 416 979-7799

Directions

By transit: From the St. George subway station , exit onto St. George Street. Turn left (walk south) for about 30 seconds and you'll be at the northeast corner of Bloor Street West and St. George Street. From there, cross the street twice to reach the southwest corner of the instersection, and you're at the museum!

Where are we going today?

You wear them on your feet, and you wear them everyday. Of course, we are talking about SHOES! But did you know that there is a pretty remarkable history when it comes to these very useful pieces of clothing?

At the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, you can learn all about it!

The Bata Shoe Museum is FILLED with treasures from North America, and around the entire world. Within the galleries, there are around 1,000 shoes always on display, from a collection of over 13,000, so there are a LOT of shoes to enjoy!

Over four galleries, kids can learn all about the history of shoes, which goes as far back as 4,500 years. Pretty impressive!

The family can learn about the infamous Chinese bound foot shoes, all the way to the sandals of ancient Egypt. Kids can get up close to chestnut-crushing clogs, right up to those spectacular glamarous platforms.

Visit the semi-permanent All About Shoes exhibit, and you can learn about 20th century celebrity shoes. In addition to this, the Bata Shoe Museum has three galleries dedicated to changing exhibitions, so you can have a new experience each year!

So why enjoy history from a book, when you can see it first hand in this fascinating Toronto museum? You can talk through history, stare at stories, and learn all about the development of something we might often take for granted.

Let's get exploring!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$14
  • Children$5 (Ages 5 to 17)
  • Free Under: 4 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm Mon - Sat (8pm Thurs) / 12pm - 5pm Sun

Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day

Teachers corner

They have great curriculum specific programs for JK - 12, so why not enjoy their guided programs for up to 50 students? Give them a call to arrange!.

I'm Hungry!

Food is not permitted in the museum, but why not grab something to eat in the local area before or after your visit. It is Toronto after all!.

Any Top Tips?

Bring your camera! Photos (without flash) is permitted in the gallery..

Need a little extra help?

The museum is wheelchair accessible! Attendants can accompany for free too!.

Can I get one of those?

From shoe keychains to shoe calendars, the BSM gift shop has all your shoe related souvenirs. .

More information

Thursday evenings from 5pm - 8pm at just pay what you can! So bring a donation of your choosing.

What people are saying?

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    I was always really interested in visiting this museum but when I went I thought it was okay. The shoes were interesting but I was hoping for a larger collection. I finished looking everything in 15 mins

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    I have heard many times about Bata Shoe Museum and I got interested to visit it. From the website I came to know that it is situated in downtown Toronto,Canada. It collects, researches, preserves and exhibit footwear from around the world. The museum designed by Raymond Moriyama. So finally I visit here and it didn't depressed me. Really an interesting place to pass time.

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    Nice collection, interesting facts, lighting is way too dark in a couple areas. Decent admission price and gift store items aren't overly expensive. Unfortunately, although I enjoyed the collection and museum, my time here was the most annoying museum experience I've had because there were kids literally screaming and running around.

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    No fetish required to enjoy this place: fashionistas and vintage clothing enthusiasts are gonna love Bata. When I first read about this place during my last-minute visit to Toronto I was expecting this to be a small boutique museum, but Bata spans across several floors and the exterior architecture is something to behold as a segment of triangular-shaped glass is reminiscent of the Lourve. I was greeted by the charming women at the gift shop and we chatted fashion for a bit. They gave me pamphlets and a rundown of each floor before sending me off...Read More

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    I was here a couple years ago, and as a shoe aficionado the museum was a perfect introduction in the long history of shoes.

    They have everything from the earliest known form of footwear to famous shoes worn by celebrities and everything in between!

    Very well displayed and great descriptions and information on the shoes that you're viewing!

    Great place for a lover of shoes!

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by Amber King

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No fetish required to enjoy this place: fashionistas and vintage clothing enthusiasts are gonna love Bata. When I first read about this place during my last-minute visit to Toronto I was expecting this to be a small boutique museum, but Bata spans across several floors and the exterior architecture is something to behold as a segment of triangular-shaped glass is reminiscent of the Lourve. I was greeted by the charming women at the gift shop and we chatted fashion for a bit. They gave me pamphlets and a rundown of each floor before sending me off with a smile.

I decided to make like Drake and start from the bottom... floor, that is. The downstairs area basically encompassed the entire history of shoedom, starting from centuries ago and spanning across cultures. Being something of a shoe hoarder, I was in heaven seeing real and replicated footwear that represented those from all walks of life (get it?!) with really interesting historical tidbits and interactive elements that made the still-life dioramas come alive. Another floor emphasized shoes in pop culture, with samples of shoes donated from their real celebrity owners, from Elvis to Elton John and a short show about each shoe's owner.

The top floor was my favorite. It was pretty simple, but it consisted of lots of vintage footwear along with apparrel and accessories (I drooled over the vintage Louis Vuitton luggage display) and how fashion changed with the times. I loved the historical element paired with the fashion that gave the entire museum another dimension. A lot of museums can be stuffy, but I loved the fun and playful vibe here. This was a really enjoyable place to spend an afternoon!

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