LEARNING AT THE BSM
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 specific strands in the Ontario Curriculum.
How to book a school visit
To book a field trip, email Andrea Field at email@example.com with the following information: grade, number of students, preferred date and time of tour, and guided program or self-guided visit. Two weeks advance notice required for guided programs.
Guided Programs: $6/student
Self-guided Visits: $5/student
Accompanying teachers: Free
Group Size: Group rates apply to classes of ten or more students. Guided programs are available for groups ranging in size from 10-48.
Availability: Guided programs are available from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday.
Complimentary Admission: Accompanying teachers, educational staff and attendants, bus driver, and the first five parent/adult chaperones per class receive complimentary admission.
Guided Programs and Self-guided Visits
Guided programs are 1 hour, and cost $6 per student. We suggest allowing 30 minutes after your guided tour for supervised discovery of the rest of the museum.
Grade JK-8 Programs: includes a gallery visit, plus a Hands-on Artefact Session, where students get to handle and examine museum objects up close. Kindergarten programs also include a try-on shoe session.
Grade 9-12 Programs: Secondary level students participate in a 1 hour guided tour of two exhibitions of your choice. Alternatively, teachers may request a 30 minute guided tour combined with a 30 minute Hands-on Artefact Session or How to Read a Shoe Session.
Grade-9-12 ESL Program: These highly participatory tours engage students in conversation, encourage questions, and give learners an opportunity to practice their language skills. This 1 hour guided program includes a gallery visit and a Hands-on Artefact Session.
Hands-on Artefact Session: Who says you can’t touch at the Museum! Enhance your visit with multisensory and tactile experiences through our Hands-on program. Your students will get to examine objects up close while experienced guides explain the fascinating stories behind the shoes. Tactile experiences benefit kinesthetic learners, and help communicate key information to English Language Learners and those with low vision. Hands-on Artefact Sessions are available for all grades upon request.
How to Read a Shoe Session: In this 30 minute session, students are introduced to the concept of reading artefacts. While working in small groups, students learn to ask important questions and search for clues that reveal information about many aspects of the object. This session is ideal for grades 7-12.
Guided Add-on Program: Extend your visit to 90 minutes with our popular Paint-a-Clog workshop. Each student receives a miniature clog imported from the Netherlands to decorate and take home. There is an additional charge of $7 per student for this option.
Full Day Programs
Grades JK-12, Visual Arts Program: Combine your visit to the Bata Shoe Museum with a trip to the Gardiner Museum. Gain inspiration from the shoes at the Bata Shoe Museum in the morning, and then take your class to the Gardiner Museum in the afternoon to make a clay shoe. The Gardiner Museum is within walking distance of the Bata Shoe Museum: 111 Queen’s Park, just south of Bloor Street West. There is an additional charge for this option. To arrange the second part of this full-day program, call the Gardiner Museum at (416) 408-5064.
Self-guided visits with groups of 10 or more students are asked to book their visits in advance. Our BSM learning staff can make recommendations of approaches you can take with your class while visiting the museum. We recommend a maximum of 90 minutes for a self-guided visit.
School groups may also reserve the use of the lunchroom. The lunchroom allows seating for up to 48 people.