Intro:

The Bata Show Museum (BSM) is a museum that exhibits different footwear that Mrs.Sonja Bata collected from her travels around the world starting in the 1940s.  

Location: 

It is located in the city of Toronto in Canada, not even a kilometre away from The Royal Ontario Museum. 

How to visit?

If you plan on taking the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) like me, then St.George subway station is just a short walk away from the museum. Since I started my journey from Brampton, I took the GO bus to Yorkdale Station before getting on the subway. 

When to visit?

The museum is open to everyone from Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm and 12 noon to 5 pm on Sundays when it is free to enter. (as of 18th Feb 2023 ) 

Why visit? 

Do visit for the love of architecture, culture and SHOES!

My Story:

A few weeks ago, while I was browsing through the different books at the Brampton Library I came across  “A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Toronto”. It is a wonderfully designed pocket-size book that mentions some 60 architectural projects.  This book with great photographs, precise information on the design of each space and illustrated maps for reference inspired me to pay a visit to The Bata Shoe Museum and other buildings in Toronto.

It also made me marvel at this beautiful life that I get to experience!

A few years ago when my friend in the US asked me to come and visit her I just laughed it off. Because back then, even though I loved travelling, I never ever thought of setting foot in  North America! Even the idea of that was far-fetched for me.  

Now I am closer to those buildings than I am to home. So, I am going to visit them ALL. And I am going to share those experiences. 

 

Architecture:

This award-winning structure was designed by Canadian Architect Raymond Moriyama. He was amused by the collection of footwear that Mrs.Bata had and was inspired by the numerous shoe boxes that protected the individual pair. He used this as his starting point to come up with the design of BSM.

Canadian Musuem of Human Rights
Canadian Musuem of Human Rights

Form:

The building with its unconventional form stands out even today even though it was completed in 1995. 

Entrance:

The entrance to the building is dynamic, with glass protruding on the walkway from the long limestone-clad facade; the limestone was hand-picked and shipped from France.

Staircase:

Ample natural light enters the space through the glass facade on the back and lits up the entire lobby and stairwell.

I find it interesting that Bata Foundation decided to dedicate one building to the research and exhibition of footwear, and it is even more astonishing to see the variety of footwear displayed. Look at how quirky some of them are! 

 If the building with its rich history and interesting form or the collection of footwear piqued your interest here’s the booking link for you.

Click here to book a ticket to the BSM. 

General entry is 14 CAD + tax on weekdays, 5 CAD + tax for students with valid ID and you can visit the place for free on Sundays. (as of 18th Feb 2023)

Overall:

This was the first building that I visited in Toronto and I am looking forward to see many more.  

 

 

 

 

Next, I walked to the Royal Ontario Museum from here and the next blog is on that.

Stay tuned, thanks & god bless!