Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, ON

327 Bloor Street WestToronto, ON M5S 1W7
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If you’re a fan of shoes, a visit to this museum is a must! As a unique specialty museum with over a thousand shoes on display, the Bata Shoe Museum attracts visitors from all over the world. It’s impressive galleries detail not just styles of footwear but how shoes reflect entire ways of life, religious beliefs, social status, and more.

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from Ashley, one of our Toronto Travel Experts
  • The BSM’s international collection of over 13,000 artifacts spans 4,500 years of history.
  • Features permanent exhibition as well as three rotating galleries.


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Located in Toronto, the Bata Shoe Museum regularly displays over a thousand shoes and related artifacts chosen from our collection of over 13,000 objects, in architect Raymond Moriyama’s iconic, award-winning building.

The BSM celebrates the style, development, and function of footwear across four impressive galleries, with displays ranging from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs and glamorous platforms. Over 4,500 years of history are reflected in our permanent exhibition, All About Shoes, while our three other galleries feature changing exhibitions

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Different and interesting museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 25, 2020 NEW
We went here today to check it out. It caught our eye since it was something different than other typical museums. It was an interesting find. It showed the history of shoes along with some of how they were made and how they changed throughout the years. Check this out if you are interested in a change of pace from the typical history, art, and other general museums they have everywhere.
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Northern California
"Really quiet interesting!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 15, 2020 NEW
For some reason we found some interesting things about unusual 👠 shoes fun, but bit quite quirky! The more we enjoyed it the 🥰💐🍩 😍 the more we tried them on the more we found them very silly the more we couldn’t stop laughing! Definitely unique!
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Ontario, Canada
"Interesting, but..."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed December 30, 2019 NEW
The collections show a few interesting elements, however, and although I have a good vision, it is almost impossible to read the descriptions: poor contrast, small fonts and poor illumination. The lights come from top / back, so when we tried to get closer to read the information, we projected shadows on the descriptions. In other words, we were not able to read the info. Several elements were repeated in different exhibits. In my opinion, not a good option.
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Niagara Falls, Canada
"A Very Unique Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 23, 2019
The Bata Shoe Museum is really worth a visit. It has some of the most interesting footwear I have ever seen. I especially enjoyed the Arctic Footwear display. The craftmanship of these boots is absolutely amazing. The gift shop is pretty amazing too.
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
"All about shoes"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 02, 2019
Culturally interesting and architectonically stunning museum dedicated to the influence of shoes on mankind A timeline from the stone-age to manolo blanikh in the ground floor and seasonally changing exhibits on the other floors are well worth a visit
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bata Shoe Museum

What are the hours of operation?
They are open 363 days a year. They are closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Where is it located?
327 Bloor St. W, Toronto Ontario M5S 1W7

Is the Bata Shoe Museum appropriate for children?

Is the Bata Shoe Museum wheelchair accessible?
The Bata Shoe Museum is wheelchair accessible.

Can I bring my camera?
Yes, but flash photography is not permitted in the galleries.

Can I bring my own food/beverages?
Food (including gum) and drinks are not allowed in the galleries.