Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

There are many things that we have so conveniently taken for granted, but just can’t do without them. Footwear is one such item, so very important, and yet so easily overlooked. But imagine a place just dedicated to footwear!

One of the most fascinating museums you can ever visit is the Bata Shoe Museum founded in 1940 by passionate shoe collector Sonja Bata. If the name sounds familiar, then you have guessed it right, she is associated with the giant shoe making empire. However, the museum boasts an independent collection of footwear and has hardly a dozen Bata pieces.

What started off as a fun hobby today is one of the most fascinating museums in the city. The Bata Shoe Museum is home to the largest collection of shoes and footwear related artifacts in the world. Along with a strictly time controlled exhibit, the Museum also holds lectures, talks and performances. Apart from that, the Museum also has a thriving research program which dives into the anthropological aspect of footwear and its evolution over time. Thanks to their in-depth understanding, the Museum also boast some 12,000 pieces of footwear related artifacts from all over the world spanning a time-frame of over 4,500 years. The best part is the brilliant structure which houses the exhibits. Shaped in the form of a shoe box, the building is just apt for the museum it is home to.

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 10:00am – 5:00pm; Sunday: 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
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Sight Name: Bata Shoe Museum
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
Guide(s) containing this sight: Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour  

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