Offering curriculum specific programs for grades JK – 12

Why study shoes? Although feet are the same around the world, what people choose to wear on their feet is incredibly diverse. It is in this diversity that some of the most interesting aspects of culture are revealed.  Because of this, a field trip to the Bata Shoe Museum can enrich learning in almost any subject area.  We offer a variety of programs for grades JK – 12 with links to many strands within the Ontario curriculum.  We can accommodate up to 50 students for guided programs.
To book a field trip, call (416) 979-7799 extension 242, from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or by email Please have your school’s phone number available when you call.


Education Contacts:

Sheila Knox, Head of Education Andrea Field, Education Coordinator
(416) 979-7799 x228 (416) 979-7799 x242

Group rates apply to groups of ten or more students. Guided programs are available from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.


Once you have made your booking, we offer you one free admission to the museum to prepare for your field trip. Contact the education department for further information.

When You Arrive
Enter through the swing door located on Bloor Street, at the east end of the Bata Shoe Museum. Educators are asked to proceed straight to the Admissions Desk for registration and payment, located across from the front entrance. Students participating in a guided program will be greeted by their Docent, who will lead you to the gallery. If you participating in a self-guided visit, students will be directed to the cloakroom by BSM volunteers.

Museum Guidelines
Flash photography is not permitted in the galleries;
Food (including gum) and drinks are not allowed in the galleries;
Pencils only; no pens;
Please turn your cell phone to vibrate or silent during guided programs;
Students must be accompanied by an adult at all times;
Parent chaperones accompanying school groups are expected to assume an active supervisory role.

Museum Manners
Please discuss our Museum Manners with your students prior to the visit:

1. We walk slowly. We speak quietly.
2. We stay in a group with our leader.
3. We take turns speaking by putting up our hands.
4. “Museum hands” stay behind our backs, at our sides, or in our pockets.
5. Sometimes we kneel down so that people behind us can see.
6. We touch Museum objects when our tour leaders invite us, and are careful when we touch.
7. We use the stairs, not the elevator when possible.

Teacher Resources
Some of our past exhibitions are now available online, with teachers’ resources at

Class Projects
Do you have a shoe related lesson plan or examples of student work that you would like to share with us? We would love to see them! Email to: