Bata Shoe Museum

Description

Fancifully shaped like a shoe box popping open, the building's design beckons to passersby with the promise of rare and fascinating treasures. The Bata Shoe Museum houses the world's largest, most complete collection of shoes and shoe-related paraphernalia. You'll want to spend an afternoon exploring the exhibits featuring exotic footwear such as the silk shoes for Chinese women with bound feet, bear-fur shoes worn by Japanese samurai, and French chestnut-crushing boots. Elvis's blue patent loafers and John Lennon's mod boots are part of the large celebrity shoe collection. As serious as it is wildly entertaining, the Bata boasts an expansive research library along with the exhibits. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday (open to 8 PM Thursday); and noon to 5 PM on Sunday. Admission is CAN $12 for adults, CAN $10 for seniors, CAN $6 for students (with ID), and CAN $4 for children 5 to 17. Thursday evenings from 5 PM to 8 PM admission is pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of CAN $5.

Address

327 Bloor St W
Toronto, ON

Lat/Long

43.66732000, -79.40002400
Visit Website
(416) 979-7799

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