Discover Toronto's Unique Cultural Treasure
There's more to footwear than you would ever imagine! The Bata Shoe Museum is a centre of knowledge about the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humanity. It is also an award-winning building housing a wide-ranging collection of footwear from all walks of life.
Four exhibitions are on view at any one time, of which three are temporary and focus on specific aspects of human culture. There is usually one exhibition with a Native North American or circumpolar theme, another which features an aspect of the history of Western fashion, and a third which appeals especially to young people. The fourth exhibition, All About Shoes, is semi-permanent. Footwear spanning thousands of years of history and a collection of 20th century celebrity shoes are on display.
With artifacts ranging from delicately embroidered silk slippers to ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut-crushing clogs to moon boots, everyone from grandchild to grandparent is sure to find a favourite shoe.