In 1609 to Bauska was granted with its seal, meaning that this year is considered as the year of granting of the rights to the town. In 1615 the Duke Friedrich of Kurzeme granted Bauska the privilege to build the Town Hall Building. In the centre of market square there was already a small one-storied Town Hall Building constructed in the end of the 16th century that was now made bigger and higher. After a year the new building was ready for the Town Hall. It was a two-storied concrete building with an archway in the lengthened Eastern end and the tower with dome and steeple built out of the timber frame and infill construction. Facades were temperately decorated only by volutes in the lowest part of the pediments of triangle type and by corner rustification. In the 17th century Bauska Town Hall Building was the biggest one in Kurzeme.
In the basement of the Town Hall Building there was storage for wine, on the first floor there was a flat for the servant of the Town Hall and the pair of scales of the Town but on the second floor – room of sittings of the Town Hall and the work premises of the Municipality. The important events to the town were announced from the town from the tower bell.
In the second half of the 19th century Bauska Town Hall did not have funds for the repairs of the Town Hall Building therefore in 1852 the damaged tower was demolished, in 1871 there the second floor of the building was also demolished. The remaining part was reconstructed and rented out for shops.
At the present Town Hall has been renovated and in there you can find Bauska Tourism Information Centre as well as exhibition about Bauska Town Hall and it's "Weights and Measures".
OpenOctober to April: every working day from 9.00 to 17.00; Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00, Sunday - closed
May - September: every working day from 9.00 to 18.00; Saturday, Sunday from 10:00 to 16:00
Museum offers an exhibition called "Collection of dolls and toys" by Tamara Cudnovska, as well as an exposition on the 20th century's history of Bauska.
Rija Bauska Hotel ***
Rija Bauska Hotel is located in the city centre, close to the road Via Baltica. Approximately 100 metres far from Bauskas bus station. Restaurant, banquet and seminar facilities.
Bistro type cafe in the old town of Bauska for 78 places, banquet hall.