We’re throwing a birthday party and all of Toronto is invited!
Saturday, May 9th, 2015
10am – 4pm with remarks at 12pm
FREE admission all day!


In May 2015 the Bata Shoe Museum turns 20!  To celebrate this milestone, the BSM is throwing a birthday bash as part of a year-long celebration. Join us on Saturday, May 9th, for free admission, family-friendly entertainment, arts and crafts and more.  Be one of the first to see our new window installation designed and created by Ryerson University students and featuring a short film by Gemini Award-winning filmmaker Cyrus Sundar Singh, sign our gigantic birthday card, delight in our brand new atrium installation by Toronto artist Jim Hake, and experience our exhibitions come to life with some unexpected surprises!  And of course, enjoy a birthday cupcake with us! Activities are drop-in from 10am to 4pm. Visitors can customize their very own sneaker key chain, paint-a-clog, create their own jigsaw puzzle and more! There will be stilt-walkers, facepainters, balloon artists and more!

For information on other activities from our year of celebration visit our BSM Turns 20 page.


Official remarks begin at 12pm with BSM Founding Chairman Sonja Bata and other notable friends of the Museum including the BSM’s  renowned architect Raymond Moriyama, Mayor John Tory and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell.  It’s a day to celebrate one of Toronto’s most unique cultural gems and the largest museum in the world dedicated to footwear!


If you can’t make it on Saturday, join us on Sunday for free admission and arts and crafts!

Birthday Bash Presenting Sponsor

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20th Anniversary year made possible with generous support from:



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