Bata Shoe Museum

Check out the only museum in North America solely dedicated to shoes

Exterior of the Bata Shoe Museum
Exterior of the Bata Shoe Museum cc licensed photo by John M

The Bata Shoe Museum is a five storey building that was built to house Sonja Bata's shoe collection. It uses four of those storeys to publicly display over 1000 shoes in four fascinating galleries starting from an era that goes back about 4500 years in the flagship exhibition.

These informative galleries will educate you about the materials and techniques that were used through-out the ages to make footwear both fashionable and practicable.

In the BSM you will find a collection of over 13,000 artifacts and shoes that represent the era, region and history of the world in which the specimen shoes came from. This wide variety of footwear ranges from bound foot shoes worn by some of the Chinese females, Ancient Egyptian sandals, practical clogs used to crush chestnuts, cowboy and riding boots, dazzling high heels, platforms, sports shoes including specialized shoes worn for dance plus many others.

Shoes worn by celebrates are a popular favourite for most guests. A few examples include Queen Victoria's ballroom slippers, Elton John's silver platform boots, Elvis Presley's blue patent loafers and a running shoe that belonged to Terry Fox. There are many more on display for visitors to view.

Since 1940 Sonja Bata has searched the world for shoes to add to her collection. However, it wasn't until May 6th 1995 that the museum was built in its present location in downtown Toronto. Here, they constructed this fascinating building which is designed in the shape of an open shoe box.

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the opening of the museum, which has become one of Toronto's cultural landmarks and famous establishments.

The BSM Museum continues to collect shoes from around the world, research information about the shape, material, how they were made and for what purpose. It also preserves and displays them in creative and informative ways that keep you interested while educating you about a bit of history and fashion throughout time. Most exhibits are on display for one or two years and feature shoes focused on a specific time period. All about shoes: is a long term exhibit, that takes you back in time on a journey through the years of footwear.

When visiting the museum be sure to check out the gift shop. This fun little shop is well supplied with lots of souvenirs, books and other items related to shoes.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Open Now: No

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Address: 327 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1W7, Canada

Phone: (416) 979-7799

Official Website: Bata Shoe Museum

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Bloor-Danforth St. George Station1 Minute
Yonge-University-SpadinaSt. George Station1 Minute

How to get to Bata Shoe Museum by TTC Subway

From St. George Station on either the Bloor Danforth or University-Spadina Line: exit onto St. George Street and go left (south) to Bloor Street West. Cross the road both ways to the museum.

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Reviews

Rated 4.1 out of 5

4 Star Rating Really cool place. I was sceptical about the idea of a shoe museum, but I was very pleasantly surprised by how interesting and informative it was. The place is clean and well maintained, and very easy to access

Iliana Derraugh - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Really interesting historical exhibits on shoes. 2000 year old shoes. Gold turtles on sandals for your sandals. Plenty of history on fashion and clothing.

Teejay Preete - 2 days ago

4 Star Rating Quirky and interesting shoe museum. Sadly the sneaker exhibit had just finished when I was in town but there was still plenty to see. At times the lighting was a little low which made it hard to view some of the exhibits properly, but otherwise great.

Adam Jacob - 22 days ago

4 Star Rating Very beautiful place. Small but interesting shoe collection... How interesting could be shoes to pay for museum entrance ?

Natalia Svechnikova - 23 days ago

5 Star Rating 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.

Michael Kaufman - 3 months ago

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This video showcases the wide spectrum of shoes you'll see during a visit to the Bata Shoe Museum

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