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The Bauska Museum is located in the historical centre of Bauska city, in a building with more than 120 years of history. It preserves archaeological, historical, artistic and ethnographic evidence of the history of the Bauska region from the earliest times to the present day.
The museum's expositions and themed exhibitions reflect the history of Bauska in the 20th century, giving an idea of the cultural and historical environment of Zemgale region and the economic and cultural diversity of Bauska city.
The permanent toy exhibition of the Bauska Museum is the only one in Latvia that reveals the world of toys and dolls from the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the 21st century.
In the museum's exhibition hall available to visit art and applied art exhibitions.
Exposition and themed exhibitions
Bauska trough times and people in Bauska during the 20th century
The majority of the Bauska Museum collection consists of objects from various periods of the late 19th and 20th centuries, which reveal the social, political, economic and cultural life of the intelligentsia, craftsmen, merchants, etc. that formed Bauska society at that time.
The exhibition is designed as a historical walk through the streets of old Bauska and reflects the history of the town from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1970s-1980s.
Post-war photographs depict the changes that affected Bauska and its inhabitants in later years. A peek into the Chekist's office reveals that Bauska was a major concentration of the USSR state security forces in the late 1940s and early 1950s, as the area was home to a strong national resistance movement in the post-war years.
Time to play
The World of Puppets and Toys at the Bauska Museum is designed to appeal to a children's audience, but it is no less interesting and enjoyable for adults too, because it is a story about the toys that our grandmothers and grandfathers, mums and dads, ourselves and our children played with, in their childhood.
The exhibition illustrates the development of toys from the late 19th century to the early 21st century. It brings together luxurious porcelain dolls, Art Deco fabric boudoir dolls, Soviet-era dolls and toys, as well as more recent Barbie dolls. All this is complemented by miniature furniture, household objects and interiors. Cars, planes, ships, constructors, war machines, weapons, plastic kits and much more shows the world of toys for boys, at different times.
This type and size of exhibition of historical dolls and toys is currently the only one in Latvian museums. Part of the toy collection in the Bauska Museum is recognized as valuable and in line with similar museum exhibitions in other European countries.
Lost residents of Bauska city
The exhibition presents the history of Germans and Jews in Bauska from the end of the 18th century to the middle of the 20th century.
Documentary, photographic and material objects from the museum's collection tell the story of the German Burgomasters, pastors, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, businessmen, craftsmen and merchants of Bauska, as well as the spiritual life of Bauska Jews, synagogue and rabbis, craftsmen, merchants, businessmen, teachers, doctors and other notable personalities and families.
A special section of the exhibition is dedicated to the repression of the Jews of Bauska during the First and Second World Wars, as well as the tragic end of the community during the Holocaust in the summer of 1941.
The Dolls and toys of world nations
The exhibition features souvenir dolls from Europe, America, Asia and Africa, with a total of 350 items from 53 countries.
The collection also includes dolls in traditional Latvian folk costumes made in Latvia at different times. The oldest item in the collection is a small crochet doll in Kurzeme folk costume made in the 1930s. A doll in Kurzeme folk costume with silver brooches and amber beads is an important item in the collection. It was exhibited at the Latvian exposition in the VDNH exhibition complex in Moscow in the 1950s. The costume and jewelry is the unique handwork of Latvian craftsmen. The doll itself was made in Russia in the 1950s to a design by the artist M. Kiseļova and is now a great rarity.
The specially designed interior, with painted ceilings and period furniture, displays small, themed toy collections. The exhibits are arranged in real furniture, as they are usually displayed in private collections at home.
The exhibition features a collection of doll houses, plush bears and artists' dolls.
The Bauska Museum's collection of puppets includes works by Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian, Finnish, Czech and Russian puppeteers, as well as a collection of marionettes and decorative puppets by puppet artist Elvīra Kuzņecova.
The exhibition also includes a doll palace, where the objects used to furnish the interiors have been collected for more than 15 years, and some of the details and furniture are handmade. Each room is decorated in a different historical interior.
|Tuesday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Wednesday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Thursday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Friday||10:00 – 18:00|
|Saturday||10:00 – 16:00|
|Sunday||10:00 – 16:00|
From 1 November to 30 April, the museum is open from 10:00 - 17:00.
Adults 1,40 €
Pupils, students 0,70 €
Family ticket (at least 3 people) 2,80 €
Guided tour in museum (LV, RU, ENG) 7,00 €
Please book a guided tour in advance by calling to: +(371) 63960508
Entrance for free:
Seniors, disabled persons, students of orphanages and special education institutions (with ID) every Wednesday;
Group leader or teacher (at least 15 visitors in group);
Members of the International Council of Museums (with ICOM membership card);
All visitors can visit the exhibition on the opening day.
Phone number +(371) 63960508
E –mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kalna street 6, Bauska city, Bauska region, LV-3901