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Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

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Learn about the history of footwear at Bata Shoe Museum. The museum was established in 1995, based upon a collection of footwear belonging to Sonja Bata and her husband Tomas, son of the founder of the Bata Shoe Company. Situated in an eclectic deconstructive-style building designed by Raymond Moriyama, the museum houses the largest collection of footwear in the world. Admire shoes from numerous different cultures and time periods, divided into themes, and view footwear that used to belong to notable people, such as Queen Victoria, Elton John, and Elvis. Our Toronto trip planner makes visiting Bata Shoe Museum and other Toronto attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Interesting, fun museum. I'm a bit of a sneakerhead, so this was the type of quirky museum that appealed to me (though it is decidedly NOT a sneaker museum). Only knock on it (hence the 4 stars vs 5.....  more
    Interesting, fun museum. I'm a bit of a sneakerhead, so this was the type of quirky museum that appealed to me (though it is decidedly NOT a sneaker museum). Only knock on it (hence the 4 stars vs 5.....  more »
  • I was expecting to see shoes and maybe learn a bit about how shoes are made, how they evolved over time and changes in fashion. We saw all that but so much more. The museum uses shoes as an entry... 
    I was expecting to see shoes and maybe learn a bit about how shoes are made, how they evolved over time and changes in fashion. We saw all that but so much more. The museum uses shoes as an entry...  more »
  • This was something I meant to do with my late husband on a previous trip to Toronto. So glad I did it this time. It really was worth the wait... i only wish he could have joined! BTW there was no... 
    This was something I meant to do with my late husband on a previous trip to Toronto. So glad I did it this time. It really was worth the wait... i only wish he could have joined! BTW there was no...  more »
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  • It's an OK museum. It won't take too long to finish unless you are checking the design of each shoe. It kind of gives an idea of how shoes evolved and also what's the future design may look like. We definitely found some interesting shoes that showed creativity. Don't forget to take the Match it game cards to make your walk through interesting. Honestly, it felt like the cost is a bit high for the size and shows of the museum.
  • Superbly laid out museum. Very structured and shows the entire history of shoes intertwined with world history, which makes for great reading, not boring at all. 5 floors of exhibits. Start from the basement which is fascinating. Can easily spend two hours here going through the loads of displays and attached descriptions.
  • A hidden gem a block over from the Royal Ontario Museum. Learn history and the history of shoes. Designer shoes-check, shoes for dolls-check, shoes for celebrities and royals-check. Some amazing historical facts are also presented in great detail and keeping in mind the sensitive nature of some of the topics. Kids can have fun trying to find the different images in a scavenger hunt, paint a shoe and even try out different styles of shoes. Overall a unique experience that will surprise you.
  • The Bata Shoe Museum was ok, but a bit underwhelming. It’s $14/adult to enter. You enter on the 1st floor but have to go to the ground floor to get started. Then climb each floor to see the rest of the museum. I wish it was the other way around so you can take the elevator up and then walk downstairs. The ground floor exhibit was interesting. It talks about the history of shoes throughout generations and by cultures. Each example had 1-3 shoes. There was a small exhibit about dolls and breaking barriers which was neat, not not really about shoes. The top floor exhibit was beautiful, but didn’t make sense and didn’t offer a lot. One part of the museum was closed. What I wanted to see was more modern examples of shoes throughout generations. I wanted to see more “famous shoes” from celebrities or significant moments in time. Apparently the museum has a huge collection of shoes. I wish the ground floor exhibit was more robust.
  • An amazing museum that takes you on a journey of history through the shoes of the ages. Well curated and documented museum.A must visit when in Toronto downtown/midtown. This is surely an Anthropology and history buff's delight.

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