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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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  • This museum is well set up. Each section covers a different theme. There is a men's heel room. There is another room containing foot wear from Northern countries. There are other rooms that are very i...  more »
  • The Museum is small but there is a legacy of shoes on display. From historical types of footwear to modern athletes shoes. Shoes of the stars and also on display. Found it amazing just centering on sh...  more »
  • Enjoyed the exhibits in the museum, especially the special ones on "Men in Heels" and "Arctic Footwear". Had some trouble reading the information. It wasn't so much that the lighting was low to protec...  more »
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  • Took a whole gang of kids here. The best part was the zone where the kids actually got to try on some shoes! They had a blast. Even the one boy that came with 5 girls got into it. Very educational, its amazing what different cultures will do with shoes!
  • I went with my daughter in her PA day and she really like it. For kids the give them a bag with clue cards to look for specific shoes in every floor and a small shoes keychain to color. My daughter loves searching for the shoes and she wear the little shoe keychain in her backpack. She told me at the end. Mami that's was a lot of fun
  • Worth the money. It's a pleasant museum in Toronto close to the ROM. I enjoyed the museology of interpreting history though a single type of item. The arctic gallery was my favorite, demonstrating traditional boot making among the different peoples of the arctic circle. Panels reference different peoples respectfully based on their cultural and tribal names.
  • I've read reviews before where people are surprised at how interesting this museum is and now after going I can tell you that I as well found this a great museum. There is a fantastic history of footwear presented from several historical times, locations, and cultures. They also have some celebrity footwear as well. An interesting place whether you're a fashion aficionado, history buff, or really anyone at all. I think most people will be pleasantly surprised.
  • I have walked by the museum on several previous trips the building and subject matter never really caught my attention. We recently decided to check out the colection and I was blown away. The exhibits are an interesting mix of fashion, technology, and history. The collection is wide ranging, the admission cost is reasonable, and the staff are friendly. If you visit take the time to get down and look at each item closely. You'll be amazed at what you see.