Comments about the Eco-museum

Welcome to the website of the Batana Eco-museum! Our Eco-museum is unique on the Adriatic and Mediterranean! It is dedicated to the traditional wooden boat known as the batana and to the community which has chosen it as its symbol! As the town of Rovinj’s most widespread traditional vessel, the batana reflects the continuity of its local maritime heritage, as well as the continuity of the everyday lives of the local people. It is a unique and precious bond which connects the local residents of various ethnicities, initially Italian, today the minority and the majority Croatian. Discover with us interesting stories, learn knowledge and skills, get to know the people, listen to the melodies and experience the tastes, smells and colours of Rovinj, the maritime centre of Istria!


Batana Eco-museum

The social responsibility and impact of this charming little museum in the town cannot be overestimated. With the town’s enthusiastic support, the Eco-museum has brought together around 100 collaborators – volunteers, who participate in many activities which take place on the waterfront and at other locations around the town. This is an outstanding example of public and individual dedication to a museum project!

EMYA 2007 (European Museum of the Year Award)

A unique mini-museum for everyday use.

Prof. Tomislav Šola, The Best in Heritage

There is no difference between large and small museums, but there is a difference between those which are good and those which are not. Equally there are interesting museums and those which do not attract people. The House of Batana is a museum which from the very start attracts you due to its unusual name and from the beginning you know that it is completely different from any other! This is a modern museum which today represents the identity of Rovinj to everyone!

Željka Kolveshi, Zagreb City Museum, member of the jury of EMF (long-time national correspondent)

Completely designed and established with the significant support of the local communities and with local financial support (along with the support of sponsors which the project attracted later), Rovinj’s Eco-museum has become a major cultural centre in less than a year after it was opened, and not only during the tourist season but also the whole year round. And this is precisely due to its fundamental ideas, which are to preserve and communicate the collective memory of the community...

Prof. Darko Babić PhD, Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb

The House of Batana is an excellent example of the concerns regarding intangible heritage! The Eco-museum and the fishing community are the heart and soul of Rovinj!

Prof. Amareswar Galla PhD, executive director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum
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The House of Batana

10 am - 2 pm and 7 pm - 11 pm

Other months (everyday except Monday, Christmas and New Years holidays):
10 am - 1 pm and 4 pm - 6 pm

January and February:
visits only by prior arrangement!

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Spacio Matika

From 25th June to 5th September 2013, every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 pm – 11 pm.

Out of season the Spacio opens for lunch or dinner for parties of at least 25 diners and should be booked three days in advance.

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