Bay of the Bones Museum, Ohrid

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web
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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  • This Bronze age village, 1200-700BC, lies on the shores of Lake Ohrid, now submerged under the water, and silted. There is a splendid reconstruction built over part of the ancient settlement. Ideal fo...  read more »
  • This reconstructed prehistoric reconstructed village stands on stilts in the Lake, approximately on the where they have found the remains of a village. It is very nicely situated in a small Bay and there is a pretty garden. The cabins are decorated like 3500 years ago. It looks very ... One can also still diving and on a hill there is a small Roman fort. Furthermore, ie there is a small cafeteria. We were here an hour and a half sweet with it.
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  • We popped in on our way to Albania. Well worth a visit, it's quite steep and not a smooth path down to the location but well worth it. 
  • Very nice history site to visit, Roman fortress is not much (besides a good view), but ancient houses are a great thing to see if you love history.
  • It's a very interesting place to visit and to see how beautiful and clean the Ohrid Lake is in this part.
  • Beautiful place and well kept.. Shame about all of the litter in the surrounding sres and no swimming permitted ..helpful guy ( Alex) on the entrance
  • The museum was included in a boattrip from Ohrid to Sv. Naum, so we entered the museum with 150 persons for a 40 minutes visit. Nice to have an impression of a habitat of thousands of years ago. In this setting, it is really meant as a tourist attraction. It looked new, and was well kept. There is a beautiful viewing point over the settlement and the lake, and there is a diving-school nearby. The museum is probably interesting for a 1,5 -2 hours visit and if by car you may proceed in visiting Trpejca and Sv. Naum within 20 minuts of driving. A bit more info obtainable to what may be seen, and how it was found as an archeological site will IMHO improve it considerably and elongate it to a longer visit?
  • Bay of Bones Museum At the prehistoric pile dwelling settlement in the Bay of Bones, which is attached on the lake bed at a depth ranging from 3 to 5m, were discovered an abundance of wooden piles and numerous movable archeological materials chronologically dated to the end of Bronze and beginning of Iron Age, i.e. between 1200BC to 700BC. A wooden bridge was connecting the settlement with the shoreline. It is presumed alike the other similar settlements at Lake Ohrid, the settlement can be dated back in the times of the initial profiling of the first tribal populations, respectively the period of coexistence of the Briges, the oldest tribal community from these area.
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