See how you can experience the museum from home everyday!
Colouring sheets inspired by the Museum’s Collection. A new set every Friday.
We've refreshed our blog with new articles, interviews and more! Tell us what you think!
Join our staff each week for a new and interesting story.
Join interdisciplinary artist Justine Woods for this step by step series.
Check out our YouTube Series - Unboxing The BSM
Check out these feature shoes from the hands-on collection.
Discover our collection piece by piece by solving these fun puzzles!
Spots are filling up quickly for our Salon Series! On January 20 at 7pm EST, join Hilary Davidson (@FourRedShoes) & Elizabeth Semmelhack for a fascination discussion on "Kicking Off Their Heels: The Revolution in Regency Footwear" RSVP by visiting our website! #MuseumFromHome...
#TBT to this pair of wartime winter boots that were featured in our "WANT: Desire, Design and Depression Era Footwear" exhibition ~ With the advent of World War II, platforms, wedges, and low heels remained the footwear of choice for many women. In France, wedges and platforms were decried by the Germans as immoral and Parisian women wore them as a form of sartorial protest during the Occupation (1940 - 1944). These boots were made in France. Like other wartime footwear, they were crafted out of vegetable fibre and rabbit fur, materials not required by the war effort. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome...
Introducing the BSM's colouring book, Colour the BSM! Ranging from ancient to contemporary, this book features the most beautiful and fascinating shoes in our collection for you to colour 🖍️ Available on our online shop now #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome...
These carriage boots are a recent acquisition to the Bata Shoe Museum’s collection. They were worn in the early 20th century by Clara Fairbank-Ranney in Petrolia, Ontario, and were donated by her family. Learn more about the cataloguing process in today's new blog post on, Step into the BSM! #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome...
Join us the our first Salon of the year with Hilary Davidson (@fourredshoes), Dress Historian and Curator! On January 20 at 7pm EST, she will discuss "Kicking Off Their Heels: The Revolution in Regency Footwear" and will also sit down with museum Creative Director & Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack to answer all of your questions about this fascinating topic. RSVP by visiting our website. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome...
Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet? How about putting your unique mark on a pair of your favourite shoes? If so, we have the perfect virtual workshop for you! Join us and learn how to crochet decorative pieces to customize your shoes using a 3-step customization process from innovative artist and @leginknits designer, Legin. Registration is required. Visit the link in our bio to sign up!...
This pair of Keds sneakers date to 1916, the first year of Keds’ Champion line. They were acquired by the Museum in 2000. Their high-top style reflects the popularity of lace-up or button boots at this time. Read more in our new From the Vault blog post #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome...
Join us on January 16, 2021 for our very first virtual workshop at 10am EST with @leginknits! In this workshop, participants will learn how to crochet as well as techniques on how to customize their shoes with decorative crochet pieces using a 3-step customization process. Registration is required. Visit our website for more details ~ link in bio @artofcrochetbylegin
• No skills needed
• All levels accepted from beginner to advanced
The Bata Shoe Museum mourns the loss of Professor Symons. He was a lifelong supporter of the Museum and served as a board member for many years, followed by his daughter Mary. His wisdom, enthusiasm, kindness and encouragement contributed enormously to the Museum. He will be sorely missed.
Professor Symons with Mary Symons attending the opening of the Museum, May 5, 1995...
The Bata Shoe Museum is located at 327 Bloor Street West, at the southwest corner of Bloor Street West and St. George.
From the St. George subway station (on both the Bloor-Danforth and the Yonge-University lines), exit onto St. George Street. Turn left (walk south) for about 30 seconds and you’ll be at the northeast corner of Bloor Street West and St. George Street. From there, cross the road twice to reach the southwest corner of the intersection, and you’re at the Museum!
From Highway 401
Take the Avenue Road exit and go south to Bloor Street. Turn right onto Bloor Street and continue west to St. George Street. OR take the Bathurst Street exit and go south to Bloor Street. Turn left onto Bloor Street and continue east to St. George Street.
From the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)
Get onto the Gardiner Expressway and exit at Spadina Avenue. Proceed north on Spadina to Bloor Street. Then turn right onto Bloor Street and go east on Bloor to St. George Street.
Street parking and paid parking lots within walking distance of the Museum may be available. Possibilities include:
The Toronto Parking Authority’s Carpark 58, the Bloor-Bedford Garage: 9 Bedford Road, north of Bloor Street West and two blocks east of the Museum.
The Toronto Parking Authority’s Carpark 205: 465 Huron Street, north of Bloor Street West and one block west of the Museum
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Please note: Due to the overwhelming number of requests and inquiries we receive, particularly relating to curatorial inquiries, identifying or providing information on shoes from personal collections, or requests for donations, we are not able to respond to everyone. If we are able to assist you with your inquiry someone will respond to you as soon as possible. Please note that due to the small size of our staff we are not able to assist with research or information requests relating to artifacts, not in our collection.
Please note: In adherence to standard museum practices, the Bata Shoe Museum does not provide financial appraisals or evaluations or assist with the sale of personal property.
Thank you for your interest in the Bata Shoe Museum.
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Counting down to the opening of our newest exhibition, The Great Divide: Footwear in the Age of Enlightenment. Do you have your tickets yet?