School Programs

Offering curriculum specific programs for grades JK – 12

Why study shoes? Although feet are the same around the world, what people choose to wear on their feet is incredibly diverse. It is in this diversity that some of the most interesting aspects of culture are revealed. Because of this, 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 strands within the Ontario curriculum.  We can accommodate up to 50 students for guided programs.


Curriculum School Based Tours

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.

Guided programs are available for groups ranging up to 50 students from 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday. We suggest allowing 30 minutes after your guided tour for supervised discovery of the rest of the museum.

Includes a gallery visit, plus a Hands-On Collection, where students get to handle and examine museum objects up close. Kindergarten programs also include a try-on shoe session.

Secondary level students participate in a 1 hour guided tour. Teachers may request a 30 minute guided tour combined with a 30 minute Hands-on Hands-On Collection.

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 Collection.

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 Collection are available for all grades upon request.

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.



Curriculum School Based Guided Tours
Student ( Up to age 17 ) $6
Teachers Free
1 support staff for every 10 student Free
Other support staff/volunteer $14

*Prices are valid until September 2023.

How to Book

We look forward to welcoming you! To request a tour, please fill in the Tour Request Form.

All tour requests must go through the Tour Request Form. The Bata Shoe Museum will contact you 3-5 days after your request to finalize your trip. For general questions please contact

Field Trip Information

Once you have made your booking, we offer you one free admission to the museum to prepare for your field trip. Contact the education department for further information.

When You Arrive
Enter through the revolving door located on Bloor Street. Educators are asked to proceed straight to the Admissions Desk for registration and payment, located across from the front entrance.

Please review the following guidelines with your group prior to your visit:

  • Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries
  • Animals are not permitted in the Museum (service animals are excepted)
  • Adult chaperones accompanying school groups are expected to assume an active supervisory role

School groups may also reserve the use of the lunchroom. The lunchroom allows seating for up to 48 people

Teacher Resources

Looking to prepare for your trip? Explore all the educational resources we have for kids online.

Class Projects

Do you have a shoe related lesson plan or examples of student work that you would like to share with us? We would love to see them! Email