The Shoe Detective Academy

July 2 @ 10:00 am - August 16 @ 4:00 pm

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Cost: Included with General Admission
When: Every Monday to Friday from July 2 to August 16, 10am – 4pm (Some restrictions apply)
Where: B1 level, Bata Shoe Museum

Ever wonder what it might be like to be a super sleuth? Join us throughout the summer from Monday to Friday for our exciting new Shoe Detective Academy! Learn about shoe forensics, create your own cypher to decode a bracelet you can make yourself, complete puzzles, solve a shoe heist and more. Collect a stamp after each activity to earn your Shoe Detective badge!+

Family programs are free with museum admission and do not require tickets or reservations unless otherwise noted. Parents must be in attendance.

+Stamps and detective badges will only be available until 4:30pm from Monday – Friday

Shoe Done It Presentation (11:30 am and 3:00 pm)

Kids will learn the importance of footwear forensics when it comes to solving crime! Using our hands-on collection, kids will discover a variety of footwear inspired by our Exhibit A exhibition and learn the stories behind them. Finally, you’ll get the chance to play the detective while you listen to a short mystery story, and guess who committed the crime based on the footprint “left at the scene”.

Weekday Drop-In Activities

Availiable from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

All materials provided, this self-guided family station is a great way to commemorate your visit to the BSM by making a unique take-home craft. Activities include:

  • Secret Code Bracelet making with special decoding cypher
  • Morse Code Machine
  • Puzzles

Museum Scavenger Hunts*

Shoe Heist

Use the clues to explore the galleries and find the hidden items for your chance to win a prize. For kids 8+.

I Spy Cards
Shoes can have a lot of intricate detail. Use this visual guide to search and find the various patterns and motifs. Complete one for each exhibition.

*Scavenger hunts are available daily. On weekends, please see our Visitor Services desk for information and prizes!