The Batana Eco-museum through its varied research programmes based on knowledge, respect for cultural heritage and dialogue, inclusion, innovation, its interdisciplinary approach and use of multimedia evaluates, protects, interprets, recreates, presents and communicates tangible and intangible maritime heritage and actively reinforces the cultural identity and uniqueness of Rovinj as a pleasant place to live for all of its residents and as an unique destination for all of its visitors.
The development and innovation of eco-museum principles, applied in the local community for its needs through the promotion of innovative cultural tourism, participatory and various programmes for strengthening the cultural competency of communities for sustainable development are the keys tasks of Rovinj’s Eco-museum. No less important are the objectives of raising the awareness of the role of the batana boat as an important part of the intercultural dialogue with which Rovinj’s community networks are connected to the larger family of traditional vessels and with its related local communities on the Adriatic and Mediterranean and how it actively contributes to international initiatives protecting the maritime heritage and culture of Europe and the world.
The Eco-museum’s mission and main goals are conveyed and implemented through its principal elements:
- The House of Batana, local title muòstra, the central interpretation and documentation centre with a permanent exhibition;
- Spacio Matika, local title spàcio, the place to experience the tastes, smells and the singing of the local maritime heritage;
- Mali Škver (Little Shipyard), local title peîcio squèro, the place to celebrate the intangible heritage of the batana’s construction;
- Rovinj’s regatta (known simply as Regata) of traditional wooden boats with mainly lateen sails, Rovinj’s main celebration of boats, the sea and sailors;
- The Batana Way from the Mail Mol (Little Pier) to Spacio Matika and Rovinj’s waterfront, two thematic routes – the first by sea accompanied by barkarioli (boatmen), and the second a stroll along the waterfront, where visitors learn about and experience Rovinj from the ‘batana perspective’.