• Sal Schmidt

Bay of Bones Museum - Ohrid

Updated: Apr 30

Bay of Bones Museum - One visit


During our incredible boat cruise with B & F Cruise - Ohrid Lake Boat Tours along the picturesque coast on Lake Ohrid, we visited the bay of bones museum. At first we thought this will be interesting, a museum full of bones...

Yes, there was bones on display at this reconstructed village of stilt houses displaying Bronze & Iron Age items recovered from Lake Ohrid. The story goes they used bones from animal remains for tools during this time, and on display in the houses were these artefacts.

Lake Ohrid was home to a settlement of pile dwellers who lived literally on top of the water, on a platform supported by up to 10,000 wooden piles anchored to the lake bed. The remains of the settlement were discovered at this spot and were gradually excavated by an underwater team between 1997 and 2005; the museum is an elaborate reconstruction of the settlement as archaeologists think it would have looked between 1200 and 600 BC.

There was a small entry fee of €1 and for divers it's actually possible to visit the underwater excavations in the flesh with Diving Center Amfora.

The museum is situated on the coast, and to arrive by boat was quite special. We jumped off and visited the museum, but also took in the most magical views and impressed again by the waters and breathtaking views surrounding the museum.