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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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  • This place knows how to please it's visitors. There is something here for everyone. And the museum seems to take a special interest in keeping children involved and entertained. So much fun to see the...  more »
  • 1 hour is enough for you to know the collection of the Museum. It is interesting to discover the evolution of footwear and know how people of different eras if related to this type of accessory.
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  • What an interesting place. The shoes span history and countries. All of it laid out over 3 floors with very informative signs. The building is lovely and has very good facilities. This museum is not j...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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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