Bogišic was born in Cavtat 7 dec 1834. He left Cavtat at the age of 22, and never came back to live there. He studied and / or worked in Venice, Vienna, Berlin, Munich, Giessen, Odessa, Kiev, Cetinje and Paris, was a member of several academic and scientific organisations.
His main field was law, and his most known work is the civil law of Montenegro; Even though the law was autoritarian and patriarchal, it was a great step forward in Montenegro at the time.
In 1872 Montenegro's king Nikola invited him to produce the Civil laws. He went several times to Paris where he finally lived from 1898 to 1908. Baltazar Baldo Bogišiċ passed away in Rijeka on April 24, 1908 en route to his native Ċavtat.
The Bogišiċ museum exhibits 18,000 rare volumes from his collection, together with a great many artifacts unearthed in and around Cavtat and that he had gathered.