The Museum of Shoemaking

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The Museum of Shoemaking
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A show not only for the ladies is provided by this specialised museum, which you will find in the centre of the Czech shoemaking capital. More than a thousand exhibits will take you through the legendary production of the Baťa company (1884–1945) and also the history of a trade that has protected and beautified people’s feet since time immemorial. The oldest originals date back to the 16th century, Czech examples being supplemented with a unique collection of foreign shoes. Among the exhibits from around the world, you will see sandals made from emu feathers and human hair, which were used for ritual ceremonies in central Australia.
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DaisyandMyxl
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
Unexpected.
Apr 2019 • Couples
Well what can I say ... what I thought would be a boring visit to a museum turned out to be anything but boring.

The history of Tomas Bata (& shoes) is simply amazing. Whilst here in Zlin everywhere you go you see the name Tomas Bata- so a trip to the museum will show you just why he is/was so cherised by people everywhere.

The history of shoes is an interesting one and definitely worth taking the time to see for yourself.

I would highly recommend a visit.
Written 6 April 2019
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Lara T
Australia26 contributions
suprising history of Bata
Jul 2018 • Solo
The museum not only has bata shoes on display but 9 glass cabinets of shoes from around the world. Can get descriptions of all the shoes in English. Also has history of Tomas Bata, his ideals and the many things he accomplished as well as the many others involved in the business.
Written 29 July 2018
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rodrigoelp
Sydney, Australia277 contributions
I wouldn't imagine that a shoemaking museum was going to be interesting. Well, I stand corrected!
Feb 2018 • Couples
As part of our annual visit to Zlin, this year my father-in-law asked me if I had any time to visit this museum. I kid you not, the contour of my mouth started to make a smirk while I seriously tried to reply: "no"

This is one of those things, residents of Zlin find pride in. All the accomplishments Bat'a had prior world war 2 and how it from the city the way it is today. I did not want to be rude (although the museum about shoemaking doesn't spell out "fun"). He took off there and got access to the museum. We were received by a set of old ladies, giving us guides about all the different shoes they have there, catalogued by age and location. Little by little you move through the different items on display and start to find yourself absorbed by the history behind each of these shoes. You will even find shoes from Mongolia and ceremonial shoes from Australia (made out of hair and Emu feathers!)

... I know, this first part sounds exhilarating, but in reality, I had a lot of fun at this first stage. Little by little you move out of the shoe galleries into the shoemaking process itself, with several pictures of the process and how much this factory got of the international market. A little further you will find cars, aeroplanes and other interesting artefacts the Bat'a family collected over the years. Every story a bit more interesting than the previous one.

In the end, I had a lot of fun visiting the museum. It was one of those cases in which you start with low expectations but find a surprise or two, making the experience quite enjoyable.
Written 17 March 2018
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JARMILA V
Zlin, Czech Republic18 contributions
History of my town
Sep 2016 • Solo
I recommend this museum. Shoemaking has a long history in my town from about 1930´s, Be sure it is very interesting for all people.
Written 22 July 2017
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Core Logic
Perth, Australia352 contributions
Excellent!
Jun 2017 • Couples
This is a great rainy day or sunny day activity.

Very interesting to read all about the professional life of Czech entrepreneur Tomáš Baťa, founder of the Bata Shoes company, one of the world's biggest multinational retailers, manufacturers and distributors of footwear and accessories.

Tomáš Baťa is credited with modernising Zlin, providing people with employment, and housing facilities.

Well worth visiting this museum to see the man behind the unique functionalist architecture in Zlin.
Written 15 June 2017
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Erika K
59 contributions
So interactive!
Jun 2017 • Friends
I was so amazed with this museum! If you wanna see all, it will cost you just 8€ and you can spend there 4 hours and more to see whatever you want, draw on the ground while hanging on a net, playing your own Puppet Theatre, creating a sculpture from plastic tubes, building a skyscraper from a wooden parts, playing the piano, putting together a shoe, playing a big wall pexeso, watching movies and alot more.... If you gonna visit Zlín, definitely chceck it out. It is worth it!
Written 12 June 2017
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0_nika_0
Wroclaw, Poland58 contributions
Who would've thought that shoemaking can be such interesting
Feb 2017 • Couples
It is only one floor, but you can get to know about shoemaking, travels and a bit of history of Zlin. Very interesting, partially interactive. And Tatra T87 is such a beautiful car!
Written 5 February 2017
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LeBe2015
Zlin, Czech Republic7 contributions
Bata´s shoes production
Jul 2016
Very interesting of Bata´s shoes production. There is a part of production line, where I worked as young boy.
Written 16 November 2016
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Julia J
Zakopane, Poland54 contributions
Interesting
Oct 2016 • Family
We had some time before our appointments in Zlin and we decided to visit the museum. The display of shoes thru history was interesting, but if you came especially for this you might be disappointed. It took us less than 1 hour to see all the displays.
Written 24 October 2016
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TikiTourer
Tauranga, New Zealand612 contributions
An extraordinarily interesting Museum
Aug 2016 • Couples
This Museum is well worth a visit, not only to learn about the history of shoe making but to learn about the Bata family. True visionaries who created a global empire of shoe making (and other business interests)
The story boards about the long business road trips by Tatra V8 car to Africa, South America and Asia are amazing. Difficult enough to do it today, let alone 60+ years ago.

The Museum isn't that easy to locate (its in Building 14 on Vavreckova) ) and parking on the street is a bit limited if you have a car. Use the car park area in Dvacata, about 150 metres away and around the corner.
Written 25 August 2016
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