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 4.3 out of 5Bata Shoe Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating I love this museum. Have visited it 4 times over the years, and the exhibits have always been very very interesting! Who knew there was so much to learn about shoes! Thursday evenings pay-what-you-want makes it affordable for everyone. A must do in Toronto!

maheen ahmed - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating This is a very cool place to learn about the history of shoes throughout the centuries! It's very educational and has many interesting exhibits. You can see anything from heels worn back in the 1800s to ballerinas to Drake's Air Jordans. The location is easy to get to by subway and there is some parking. The museum is accessible. There is also the cutest gift shop with not-so-high prices. This is a good place for couples and families. I'd definitely go back to see a different exhibit.

Mariam Mahdi - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating It's honestly more interesting then I ever thought it would be. I thought that I wouldn't enjoy it at all and was just going since my girlfriend wanted to go but it was actually pretty neat to see all the shoes/footwear from different times and places. If you really really your time it will take around two hours.

Miloš Lazarević - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I visited this museum about 3 months ago. It's an experience for every shoe-lover .. It's quite big so bare in mind that you will need at least 3 hours, if not more. It's really easy to get there using the metro or the bus, since it's located at one of the most well-known streets of Toronto. Have fun!!

Effie Dimitriou - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I came here after I got a recommendation from a friend, and it is interesting with quite a bit of information about some of the Nordic style footwear. A small museum, you can easily cover it in an hour, even reading the descriptions. They also have a temporary exhibit portion with modern fashion style shoes. I am more of a sneakers fan, but found it interesting to see some of the different types and the leather, skin workmanship on the Nordic boots from around the world.

Daniel Araki - 2 months ago


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

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