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Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto: 14 reviews and 24 photos

  The Bata Shoe Museum
by Paul2001

There could be a good argument that Toronto has the best shoe museum in the world but then again I do not know of any other. The museum began as part of the collection of the Bata Family's 10,000 collection of shoes. The museum houses it's collection on three levels. In the basement or level B1 there is an exhibit that basically gives an outline of the history of the shoe right from prehistoric times to the latest in fashion. All the various purposes of shoes from chestnut crushing to sports to combat are examined.
There is also an interesting collection of celebrity shoes where you can see shoes that were once owned by the likes Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley and Cary Grant. The exhibits on the top floor has displays on traditional shoes worn by Canada's native people.
Personally I figure this museum will not appeal to everybody but if you are a least bit interested in the topic then you should visit. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm but it does stay open till 8pm on Thursdays while on Sundays the museum opens from noon to 5pm. An adult price for admission is $6.00.

Address: 327 Bloor Street West
Directions: North of the University of Toronto
Phone: 416/979-7799
Website: http://www.batashoemuseum.ca

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 7, 2005
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