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

Currently Closed

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


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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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Rated 4.2 out of 5Bata Shoe Museum Star Rating

4 Star Rating Though not a large museum it hosts an interesting collection of artifacts that are surprisingly captivating. I went when they had a special exhibit on clothing and shoes from the industrial era exploring the dangerous side of vibrant colors and style choices. I learned a lot and it made me glad not to be alive in those times. Additionally their exhibit on Arctic clothing was fascinating and the ingenuity of the local populace outstanding. I would highly recommend for all as an afternoon 2-3 hour visit at reasonable price. It is also easy accessible by subway.

Kasper Gruszczynski - 3 days ago

4 Star Rating I love shoes and I found it just "Okay". Wouldn't make it a must stop if you're only in Toronto a short time. Very close to the Royal Ontario Museum so doing both does make sense. The building is nice and there are some interesting things to see and read. 13000 shoes means there are shoes in there that would interest everyone.

Meaghan Mackenzie - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating It was a great experience. You could see shows from different places in the world. I love shoes and it was so good to spend time and see them and read more about it. They had a store there that could order hand made shoes too I think it should be very expensive:)))

Kim Ky - 13 days ago

4 Star Rating Decent time killer. They lacked the third floor display when I went so that was a bummer. Lack of more modern footwear. As a museum, worth a visit. I skipped it the last time I was in the area 3 years ago so I'm somewhat glad I chose to see it this round. Just know it's a smaller museum.

spyderm4n - 26 days ago

4 Star Rating It's exactly as what it's name suggests, it's a museum displaying Shoes!! But the incredible fact about this place is that it has a collection of more than 13000 varieties of shoes from all around the world, some dating hundreds of years back! Now that's amazing!! The information provided for every pair of shoes displayed is comprehensive and very well mentioned. Passes are available at the museum @$14per adult or you could also avail free passes from certain Toronto Public Library branches. The day I visited, the 3rd level was under renovation, but the displays on the other levels gave a great insite into the history of their places of origin and the significance of the most lowly attire, SHOES!!

colin menezes - 1 month ago


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

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