Local community museum telling the history of and displaying items of interest to Great Bernera, and the Bosta Iron Age House just 3 miles north at the beautiful beach of Bosta on Great Bernera.
Due to Covid19 the Museum and Iron Age House remain closed durimg 2021 (as of August 2021). Even with the removal of most restrictions by the Scottish Government we still need to comply with Ventilation and Hygiene requirements which remain in place and due to the partically underground stone construction of the Iron Age House we feel that to ensure the safety of our visitors and community it is best to remain closed this season..
This small community museum, run by volunteers as a charity is fully accredited, tells the story of Great Bernera with displays of historical interest and information boards covering such things as the first pre-stressed concrete bridge in the world, the Bernera Riots and Bosta village in the Iron Age and when the crofts were abandoned in 1878.
There is also a large collection of genealogical and croft reference material available for research and as part of the Ancestral Welcome Scheme we look forward to meeting people looking for information on relatives from Great Bernera.
Artefacts from the Bosta Iron Age Village dig are on display and the Bernera Historical Society also operate an experimental reconstruction of an Iron Age House close to the original dig at Bosta Beach.
Bernera has many historical sites include lobster ponds, a Norse Mill, an island Dun (Broch), Shielings and croft ruins as well as a cairn to the Bernera Rioters. Details of these are available at the museum. There are three way-marked walks on Bernera which take in many of the historical sites of the island.
The Museum is also part of the Visit Scotland VIP scheme.