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Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

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Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
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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  • I admit I went for one particular exhibit that caught my eye, normally I am not a *shoe* person and I feel like this place caters specifically to that, rather interesting and a fun way to kill an...  more »
  • Even if you are not a shoe fanatic, you'll find yourself amazed at the culture, design and history presented at the Bata Shoe Museum! A "must see" during your visit to Toronto!  more »
  • I know it's shoes.... but.... you'll be amazed by their amazing collection. There are many century old shoes, rare finds, and many interesting stories that go with them. They also offer great...  more »
  • Cute museum for shoes through the centuries. Easy fun to do. Can be done in an hour easily. Street meter parking best option. Icing on the car was a presentation from staff on different shoes that you were able to touch and see. With historic info. Famous people worn shoe exhibits. Definitely for fashion students.
  • Smaller than I imagined, but great exhibits, friendly staff, and interesting facts- plus it only takes about an hour to get through. I wouldn’t take young kids here, but teenage girls might love this. Not a strong representation of men’s shoes, but not surprised by that. Very reasonable prices, and a great deal for students!
  • It was smaller than I had originally imagined but I definitely learnt more history and culture than I thought I would. I didn't get the point of looking at different styles of shoes if I didn't have an interest in fashion but I found it very educational. You learn about different cultures and traditions through the shoes they wore. It was also cool to see some monumental shoes or shoes made or worn by monumental people
  • Small but interesting museum. I thought it would be bigger, but it's not. A little souvenir shop at the reception/ticket counter. Took us about 1 hour to walk the entire museum. Place is quiet and peaceful. If you're curious about shoes, this is a pretty good place to start. They even have private guided tour on your smartphone.
  • I love this museum. Have visited it 4 times over the years, and the exhibits have always been very very interesting! Who knew there was so much to learn about shoes! Thursday evenings pay-what-you-want makes it affordable for everyone. A must do in Toronto!

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