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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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Very interesting history of shoes

We really enjoyed walking through the history of shoes. Very, very interesting. Not too long. Nice, quick excursion.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Toronto, Canada
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Vaughan, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 yesterday NEW

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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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed our visit here. I was surprised how interesting it actually was. Was not too crowded and would visit again. Could have spent longer looking around the the admission price was reasonable.

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Dundas, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went to this museum couple times now when friends visit. It is such a cool museum. Not big but cool. I would recommend going there if you like to know a bit of history,...of the shoe this is a must go.

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Brockville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum takes the perfect amount of time to view b/w 3-4 hours, a half day. The price is reasonably priced $5 for 12 yrs and under. My 10 yr old loved learning about the poisonous dyes used in shoes and outfits. Everyone tried on various shoe samples and we enjoyed playing I Spy throughout the 3 floors. The kid... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Four floors of shoes! This museum displays an impressive collection and does an excellent job at telling stories and curating thought-provoking exhibitions. The arctic footwear show is incredible, so many ways to keep warm and be stylish at the same time!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed walking through the history of shoes. Very, very interesting. Not too long. Nice, quick excursion.

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wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful little Museum, with some beautifully curated exhibitions. There really is something for every member of the family/group..opportunities to see 'famous people's' shoes; to learn about history through shoes; to discover how manufacturing of clothes and shoes has developed. The building is a delight; inside and out. The shop has some tasteful merchandise, and the staff are... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a must see for those visiting Toronto. A quirky little site, but you sure do learn a lot about the progression of mankind from the history of foot covering. Check it out! you will not regret the stopover.

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Dartmouth, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I worked for Bata Shoes for three years and have always wanted to visit the Bata Shoe Museum. While visiting Toronto this Christmas I finally got to do this. We spent a fascinating couple of hours exploring and finding out way more than I needed to about the history of shoes. The museum is very well organized and you can... More 

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