Cul­ture Creepy crawlies at the ROM and sky­high stilet­tos at the Bata Shoe Mu­seum.

A new mu­seum of cu­riosi­ties, the art of shoes, and de­fy­ing arachno­pho­bia

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Mu­seum of Il­lu­sions

On now

The city’s new­est at­trac­tion is the first of its kind in Canada, of­fer­ing vis­ual, sen­sory, and par­tic­i­pa­tory ex­pe­ri­ences.

One of eight to open this year—Greece, Ger­many, and the United Arab Emi­rates are among the other new lo­ca­tions—ex­pect 60 to 70 ex­hibits that en­cour­age vis­i­tor in­ter­ac­tion. Dis­plays range from “Grand Il­lu­sions” that en­com­pass ti­tled rooms, vor­tex tun­nels, and re­verse rooms to “Master Il­lu­sions,” which in­clude holo­grams and stere­ograms; while “Gen­eral Il­lu­sions” in­clude op­ti­cal il­lu­sions and cre­ation games. 132 Front St. E., mu­se­u­mofil­lu­sions.ca

Manolo Blah­nik: The Art of Shoes

To Jan­uary 6, 2019

Sex and the City hero­ine Carrie Brad­shaw may have made Manolo Blah­nik a house­hold name, but the Span­ish-born footwear de­signer’s ex­pan­sive ca­reer be­gan long be­fore Carrie and her crew strug­gled to find love in The Big Ap­ple.

The fi­nal stop for this trav­el­ling ex­hibit ex­plores how fash­ion and art in­ter­twine through Blah­nik’s tow­er­ing stilet­tos and slinky heels. Fea­tur­ing ap­prox­i­mately 80 sketches and nearly 200 pairs of shoes, vis­i­tors can see how art, ar­chi­tec­ture, botany, lit­er­a­ture, and cin­ema in­flu­enced Blah­nik through­out his ca­reer of nearly five decades. Bata Shoe Mu­seum, 327 Bloor St. W., batashoe­mu­seum.ca

Spi­ders: Fear & Fas­ci­na­tion

To Jan­uary 6, 2019

Friend or foe? The Royal On­tario Mu­seum at­tempts to de­bunk com­mon myths and ter­rors about spi­ders in its lat­est display, which features nearly 400 live and pre­served arach­nids. Long be­fore di­nosaurs, spi­ders have evolved for over 300 mil­lion years, with 48,000 known species in ex­is­tence, in­clud­ing the most ven­omous va­ri­etals, the black widow and brown recluse. A Spi­der Lab demon­strates live venom milk­ing, while video pro­jec­tions and aug­mented video re­al­ity en­ables vis­i­tors to com­pete in a mat­ing dance with a pea­cock spi­der. Royal On­tario Mu­seum, 100 Queen’s Park, rom.on.ca

Cross­cur­rents: Canada in the Mak­ing

To March 31, 2019

This new display ex­am­ines the cul­tural ex­change and in­flu­ence be­tween In­dige­nous peo­ple, set­tler Cana­di­ans, and new­com­ers over the last two cen­turies as ev­i­dent through tex­tiles. Hooked rugs, blan­kets, quilts, bead­work and bas­ketry demon­strate how cul­tures, iden­ti­ties, mem­o­ries, dreams, and tra­di­tions have both shifted and in­ter­sected over the years, and how new knowl­edge and in­sights in­flu­ence artists to­day. Tex­tile Mu­seum of Canada, 55 Cen­tre Ave., tex­tile­mu­seum.ca

Manolo Blah­nik at the Bata Shoe Mu­seum

Spi­ders at the rOM

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