4,500年の人類の歴史を靴でたどる 「Bata Shoe Museum」

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ロイヤルオンタリオ・ミュージアムから徒歩5分、同じストリート沿いにもう一つ「バータ靴博物館(Bata Shoe Museum)」というユニークな博物館があります。博物館の名前にある「Bata」とは、靴メーカーの名前。「Bata Shoe Company」は1894年にチェコ共和国で始まりましたが、様々な困難の中、第二次世界大戦後にトロントに本部を移し、マーケットをヨーロッパからアジアへと集中させた事で大成功をおさめました。そうした中で産まれたのが、この靴の博物館です。

創立者はSonja Bata。彼女は夫であり創業者の息子であるThomas J. Bataと世界中をビジネスで旅をするうちに、数々の靴を収集して行きました。その後収集された靴をコレクションとして一般に公開し、同時に靴のリサーチも兼ね備えるセンターをつくることを決心し、日系人のレイモンド・森山氏に設計と建築を依頼しました。
1995年にオープンしたユニークな博物館は、貴重な靴を湿気や光から守る「靴箱」からインスピレーションを受けたというデザインの建物内に、1万3千点を越える靴のコレクションが所蔵されています。

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「Bata Shoe Company」はすでに本部をスイスに移転させ、カナダに残っているのはこの博物館だけですが、4,500年に渡る広範囲の靴のみの博物館は世界でも大変ユニークで、特に地下一階の「All About Shoes」と題された展示フロアには、人類の創成期から始まる人間と靴との関係が時系列にまとめられ、大変分かりやすくまた貴重なコレクションを見ることができます。

2階及び3階は数あるコレクションの中からテーマを持たせた展示を、時期に応じて行っています。

開館時間と入場料
月曜日〜水曜日:午前10時〜午後5時
木曜日:午前10時〜午後8時
金曜日・土曜日:午前10時〜午後5時
日曜日:正午〜午後5時

大人$14、シニア$12、学生$8、子供(5歳〜17歳)$5、ファミリー(大人1名、18歳以下の子供4名まで)$24
また、木曜日午後5時〜8時までは「Pay-what-you-can($5を推奨)」で入場ができます。

詳細は:
http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/visiting/hours_admission.shtml

アクセスは、地下鉄St. George駅下車すぐ。
http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/visiting/location.shtml

詳細は下記ウエブサイトもご覧下さい。
http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/

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