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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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  • Never knew that the history of shoes could be so interesting. Examples and history of shoes through the ages with plenty of examples of the types found in different cultures. Plus some very interestin...  more »
  • Imagine over 13,000 pieces of shoes, memorabilia and artifacts covering a 4500 year span. Amazing, surprising and incredibly beautiful. Definitely a must see as some of the pieces are from royalty, po...  more »
  • This is one of the things I was most looking forward to seeing in Toronto and it didn't disappoint. Even my boyfriend enjoyed it! The ground floor was a short story of human history told through shoes...  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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