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The tagline for the Bata Shoe Museum is "For the Curious". It's an appropriate motto, as this provocative museum in Toronto contains over 10,000 shoes within its prodigious holdings. The museum opened in 1995, and visitors to this site can traipse through sections such as "Exhibitions" and "Collections" to learn more about their interpretive mission and their thematic areas. Most visitors will want to start by looking at the online exhibit "All About Shoes". Developed in cooperation with the Department of Canadian Heritage, the collection allows visitors to view over 500 shoe images, 200 of which are in 3D. Short of actually picking up the actual shoes themselves, this is a very effective and immersive way to examining the intricate patterns and designs on each item of footwear. Moving on, visitors can also check out the podcasts by assistant curator Sarah Beam-Borg. In recent months, Borg has offered up talks and commentary on "Dancing through the Halls of History" and "The Fate of Fashion". Finally, interested parties may also wish to check out the "Visiting" area to learn about the museum's hours of operation, special events, and so on.
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