What's On 2021

New Learning Program!

New Learning Program!

Educators, book a virtual session of Shoebox Bingo for your class ~ watch our video to learn more.

Step Into the BSM

Step Into the BSM

We've refreshed our blog with new articles, interviews and more! Tell us what you think!



See how you can experience the museum from home everyday!

Birthday cover Birthday cover Colouring Sheets Celebrate our birthday with colouring sheets inspired by our collection. Learn More Slide #BSMfromhome We've refreshed our blog with new articles, interviews and more! Tell us what you think! Learn More BSM_Blog Slide #BSMfromhome Join our staff each week for a new and interesting story. Learn More BSM_Storytime Slide #BSMfromhome Join interdisciplinary artist Justine Woods for this step by step series. Learn More Moc Making Slide #BSMfromhome Check out our YouTube Series - Unboxing The BSM Learn More Unboxing Slide #BSMfromhome Check out these feature shoes from the hands-on collection. Learn More hands0ff

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We just adore how the replica of these pink silk satin damask court shoes from our collection turned out! Learn more about the photography that assisted with the creation of these shoes and the construction of 18th century court shoes on our blog, Step into the BSM. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome ...

We can't wait until we are able to reopen our doors again! What would you #CaptionThisMW artwork? Let us know in the comments below. ⬇️ #MuseumWeek @MuseumWeek

Artwork: Honoré Daumier, 1839

Have you seen our Moccasin Making series with @justinewoods_ on our IGTV and YouTube channels? Learn more about the intricate process from start to finish! #NationalIndigenousHistoryMonth ...

Get your creativity on with a fun virtual session of sketching in our galleries ✏️ Each session will focus on a different exhibition, offering new artefacts to sketch each time. Check out our website for more details. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome ...

We love seeing how children react to all the different types of unique and interesting footwear in our collection! #ChildrensEyesMW #MuseumWeek @MuseumWeek ...

Take a look at our "Behind the Scenes" gallery! With the museum only showcasing 3-4% of it's collection at any given time, this gallery gives visitors a glimpse into our artefact storage which houses our almost 15,000 collection! #MuseumWeek #BehindTheScenesMW @MuseumWeek ...

Recently, the remains of 215 Indigenous children were found on the site of the former Kamloops residential school in British Columbia. The Bata Shoe Museum is profoundly saddened by the loss and the ongoing suffering of the victims of the residential school system in Canada.

Museums have a responsibility to work towards reconciliation by making space for Indigenous voices. We must ensure that this work is done in conjunction with our local communities, stays integral to our everyday operations and remains ongoing.

We must also recognize that alongside the history of residential schools and cultural genocide, there are histories of Indigenous resilience, innovation and cultural vitality.

As we mourn this tragedy, what actions can we take to support Indigenous communities?

- Make a donation to Indigenous organizations which support survivors of the residential school system such as https://www.irsss.ca/ or https://www.orangeshirtday.org/donations.html

- Follow Indigenous journalists on social media and stay engaged with what issues contemporary Indigenous communities face: https://twitter.com/AngelaSterritt/status/1397786805416595457

- Support local Indigenous organizations such as Friendship Centers by signing up for newsletters, and attending events. https://www.tassc.ca/

The Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line is available 24-hours a day at 1-866-925-4419 for anyone needing support because of a residential school experience.

Join us for our virtual tours of the BSM this summer! On select Sundays in July and August, our amazing docent will take you around one of our current galleries, sharing myriad stories about the artefacts on view. Click the link in our bio to RSVP! #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome ...

Bright colours defined much of 1960s fashion; subtle elegance was out and daring design was in. Hemlines reached unprecedented heights and young women took to wearing bold coloured stockings. This pair of apple green stockings was designed by fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome ...

Learn more about the conservation process for this pair of Innu moccasins (which will be part of the next loan to the @NatGalleryCan) in our latest blog post written by our conservator, Ada! #MuseumFromHome #BSMFromHome ...

Great Divide Back ground BSM programming events have been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Government Sponsor: Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund