Become part of the BSM’s volunteer community!

The mission of the Bata Shoe Museum is to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humankind. It achieves this purpose by establishing and operating a public institution which acquires, conserves, researches, communicates, and exhibits material evidence related to the history of footwear and shoemaking for the purposes of study, education, and enjoyment.

Whenever possible, the BSM tries to take the opportunity to thank the dedicated volunteers who make this museum possible.  Visit our Volunteer Recognition page to see what we’ve done lately!

Docent (Museum Tour Guide)

Volunteer docents help fulfill our mission by leading private tours for daycares, school groups, ESL classes, and adults. Volunteer docents serve visitors to the Bata Shoe Museum by presenting accurate information of the history of the museum, the collection, and the architecture of the building. They deliver interactive educational programs that provide an enjoyable and meaningful experience for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and levels of ability. Guided tours are 1 – 1.5 hours in length.

Click here to learn more about being a BSM docent.

Front Desk

Click here to learn more about being a BSM front desk volunteer.

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Have fun and help others: be part of Toronto’s most unique museum – and get your Community Service Hours! Student volunteers help staff and other volunteers make the museum fun and interactive for kids of all ages. Volunteers greet kids and parents and lead arts and craft activities.

Click here to learn more about becoming a BSM youth volunteer.

For more information about the BSM’s volunteer opportunites, please contact Andrea Field, Manager of Education and Volunteer Resources
416.979.7799 x 242