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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. To visit Bata Shoe Museum on your trip to Toronto, use our Toronto vacation route planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We were looking for something different and this was so much fun but also really a great museum and we learned a lot. The building is a gorgeous piece of architecture and then you get a chance to lear...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    But certainly different from what one would expect. Feet hive been treated very differently over the ages, and this place shows that in detail.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    The museum is interesting, but only visit if you will be in Toronto for several days and this museum will not bump something else.  more »
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  • May 6, 2017
    I had no idea shoes could be so damned interesting! I mean, I thought, "shoes? a museum dedicated to nothing but SHOES?? Really??" But, seriously, it's actually quite amazing! Very pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended, even with all the weird looks.
  • June 28, 2017
    Very unique museum. All sorts of cool shoes in there from different points of history and from different corners of the earth. Pretty cheap admission too.
  • May 12, 2017
    I worked here as a guide before in the past. This museum is a true treasure; Mrs. Sonja Bata went and collected shoes from all over the world. They have great school programs, and also cool special exhibitions. There's a lot you can learn from just looking at someone's shoes!
  • March 30, 2017
    An odd museum, but an interesting one! I honestly think this is worth a visit for locals and visitors. I could only be made better with a larger selection. Lots of cool 'famous' shoes to look at, and amazing historical pieces.
  • January 16, 2017
    I love small museums like this place. They sure pack a lot of interesting items in here to keep your interest up for a couple of hours. Reasonable entry rate at 14CAD pp and 8 for students. It's fun to look at the celebrity shoes as well as their limited exhibits tracing back certain trends and historical periods for shoe wear.

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