In addition to our popular semi-permanent exhibition, All About Shoes, the Museum has three galleries for changing exhibitions, ensuring that each visit to the museum offers a new experience. Exhibitions generally run for a year, with 1-2 new exhibitions opening each year. Through the creation of innovative exhibitions the Museum strives to enlighten and entertain visitors of all ages.
All About Shoes: Footwear Through the Ages – Semi-permanent
Standing Tall: The Curious History of Men in Heels – Closing November 21, 2017
Shining Stars: Celebrating Canada’s Walk of Fame – Closing January 2, 2018
Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century – Closing April 2018
Art and Innovation: Traditional Arctic Footwear from the Bata Shoe Museum Collection – Closing date TBD
The Gold Standard: Glittering Footwear from around the Globe – Opening December 6, 2017
The gleam of gold has seduced people around the world. Treasured for its incorruptibility and remarkable shine, gold has been used ornamentally since time immemorial and as currency since at least the Bronze Age. But gold for shoes? Seems improbable. Yet golden footwear has been central to expressions of status and style in numerous cultures. This exhibition features some of the Bata Shoe Museum’s most impressive and precious artefacts and explores the meanings and cultural uses of golden footwear across the globe.