The Batana Ecomuseum

The Batana Ecomuseum

The Batana Ecomuseum from Rovinj was inscribed in the UNESCO Register of Good Safefuarding practices for intangible cultural heritage of the world as the first Croatian project in this Register.


The Batana Ecomuseum (2004) is a unique project for the preservation of local maritime culture of Rovinj, founded on the respect of tradition, consideration of modern social needs and the synergy of man and the environment. The innovation lies in the active engagement of the local community in order to protect the intangible and tangible culture and to jointly manage all parts of aspects of the Ecomuseum. The main elements of the Batana Ecomuseum are:

  • Kuća o Batani (the House of Batana), also know as muòstra, which represents the central interpretation and documentation centre.
  • Mali škver (Little Shipyard), also known as peîcio squèro, lies on the town riviera where batanas are built in the summer, combining in the best way public presentation and sustainability of batana building as a way of life.
  • Spacio Matika was intergrated into the Ecomuseum in 2006 as one of the last taverns of Rovinj where the local community and guests gather together and enjoy the local gastronomy, the Istriot language and local music (unique àrie da nuòto and bitinàde characterised by the polyvocal imitation of musical instruments accompanying the soloist).

Apart from managing the physical space, Batana also organizes numerous activities which contribute to the preservation of intangible and tangible maritime culture. Activities revolve around education and the financial support of shipwrights and owners of traditional vessels, workshops for children and excursions by the boat batana. However, the most popular activities are for sure the launching of batana into the sea and the Rovinj regatta founded in 2006 with the aim of revitalising the traditional vessels of the northern Adriatic and encouraging international cooperation. Aside from being given numerous awards in the cultural sector, the Batana Ecomuseum was also recognised as a cultural tourism project of high quality which recreates local cultural resources and promotes them for tourism in a responsible and sustainable way.