Bay of the Bones Museum, Ohrid

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Explore Macedonia's ancient history at Bay of the Bones Museum, a reconstructed lake dwelling with elements from Ohrid's Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Roman civilizations. Walk across the wooden bridge to the pile dwellings, built on a platform on the lake, and see a wide array of artifacts on display that were found on the lakebed. Get up-close looks at pottery, tools, and other household objects inside the main building on the shore, itself a remnant from Roman times. As you wander the village, imagine the way its residents would have lived thousands of years ago, surviving off the resources around the lake and sheltering in their clay and reed huts. Keep in mind that the museum is in an outdoor setting, so dress appropriately. Put Bay of the Bones Museum on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Ohrid tourist route planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    last year when we were in Ohrid, we saw the Bay of Bones from our boat, so this year we headed to the site to view. Nature is wonderful and the Ohrid Lake is just wow. I was so taken by nature. The Museum was interesting and "the city on the poles" was also interesting. The kids and I went into all lerhusene, but gradually it became a bit monotonous, as it was the same in all. But however interesting. Afterwards you can sit and enjoy themselves with something good in the coffee shop.
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  • August 14, 2017
    It is a wonderful place, but you're quickly bored with. If you are going on your own, you can practically nowhere find information about the cottages on the water. We are with the boat from Ohrid went here, but the boat could only make a stopover of a quarter of an hour. After fifteen minutes you have the most regarded.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Museum interesting, but not really worth the detour from Ohrid (20 minutes by taxi). The tour was quick. What is more interesting, is diving under the pilings to the discovery of the remains of the ancient village.
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  • The museum and the picnic area around it are both very clean and well organized. There are not many things to see but it's hard to leave this place, because everything is so beautiful! It makes it easy to imagine what life was like in the Bronze Age. Easily one of the best places I've ever seen.
  • Very beautiful place to visit whether or not you are interested in prehistoric history. We enjoyed. There is also a path which leads you above a little hill. Wonderful view and place to refresh with a sandwich in case you brought it. Nice and worth seeing!
  • It was very enjoyable and not very busy when you visit early in the morning. The staff is very friendly. The site is awesome but there is not much variety in the huts. There are plenty, but all look the same. Some straw, a black pot and a few hides. I miss people working in them, roleplayers living there in summer would be nice :) All in all nice to visit together with the roman auxilary fortress in the gardens.
  • It's really heaven on earth.
  • To see how the prehistoric people live there is quite interesting. It is very small, so 1 hour to view everything tops.

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Combining natural beauty and historical sights, Ohrid is one of Macedonia’s best known and most visited destinations. In spite of its modest size, the scenic shore of Lake Ohrid offers an array of accommodations. Hotels range from luxurious to budget-friendly. Much more numerous than hotels are the guesthouses, where you can find lodging in modern villas and traditional homes, in town or in the peaceful natural surroundings just outside. Rental apartments and several hostels oriented toward younger visitors round out the offerings.
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