Batana Ecomuseum in Rovinj Moves into 21st Century, to be Fully Digitized Next Summer

Daniela Rogulj

November 21, 2019 – The Batana Ecomuseum in Rovinj is moving into a more modern direction, which should be ready for visitors to experience by next summer. 

In 2016, the Batana Ecomuseum project was included in the UNESCO Register, and just a few months ago, it was decorated with the exceptional European Destination of Cultural Tourism in the category of intangible cultural heritage, taking first place. Today, however, the museum is under construction. But we promise they have a good reason. Glas Istre tells us more. 

“In particular, in the same dimensions, the old setup is changing one hundred percent, which will not only be different and modern by the next tourist season, but also be fully digitized,” Batana Association President Nives Giuricin revealed.

Namely, the Batana Ecomuseum, which, fifteen years ago, was and remained one of the exemplary examples of the appearance and function of smaller museums, for which it has received numerous Croatian and foreign awards over the past decade, is transforming into a 21st-century museum. For example, visitors will have the opportunity to “jump” from the cliff of Katarina into the sea with the help of 3D glasses, or go night fishing with a batana boat. All this, just like in the first museum exhibition, was designed by the architect Alexander Paris, and financially supported by numerous local and foreign investors.

The whole project is worth more than HRK 1.5 million, and, in addition to the funds from the Association and the City of Rovinj, the money was also obtained from the Ministry of Culture, as well as EU funds, explains Giuricin, who added that the previous exhibitions could still be seen at various locations. 

“As for the new museum exhibit, the deadline is by the next tourist season, or June,”  the president of the Association said, who added that in parallel, work is also being done on a ‘spacio’, or local tavern, on Švalbina Street.

“With the transformation of the Museum, at the end of this or the beginning of next year, we will also enter Švalbina Street, in which we have rented eighty square meters necessary for the spacio. It is an ideal space which, in addition to its size, has another attractive advantage – the possibility to access the batana boats via the outdoor and open terrace,” revealed the new president of the Batana House Association, Nives Giuricin.

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