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Betina Gajeta Festival

During this year’s Festival of the Betina Gajeta, activities will be held to encourage and preserve the cultural heritage, knowledge and skills of local shipbuilders, as well as the skills of sailing and rowing in a wooden boat in the traditional way.                                       This year is the jubilee year for the association Betinska gajeta 1740, and it includes a number of events intended for a wider audience – workshops, lectures, traditional sailing and rowing demonstrations… Three evenings will be held at the street in front of the museum – a workshop for making small wooden boats intended for children aged 10 to 14, a lecture by Krešimir…

Exhibition opening and book promotion: Quarneroli – Hrvati na Ledenom moru

We invite you to the next temporary exhibition this summer: Hrvati na Ledenom moru 1872. – 1874. / Croats on the Ice Sea 1872 – 1874 by the Quarneroli Lions Club from Lovran. This exhibition reveals the story of the Croatian mariners who took part in scientific research in the Arctic 1872 as part of the expedition of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. An impressive part of the exhibition is definitely the scalemodel of the Admiral Tegethoff – the ship built for the expedition. The model, built in a scale of 1:40 is the work of modeler Željko Skomeršić from Krk. On the same evening, the presentation of the book of the same name, a reprint of Petar Kuničić’s book from 1893 about the Austro-Hungarian Arctic Expedition…

Cooltural Summer

We have prepared some activities for visitors to join in! Take a look at our programme and prepare notes for yourself of what you’d like to participate in. We’re expecting you! The July starts with our first temporary exhibition of the summer: Blue Palette by Katica Augustinović from Križevci. Using acrylic on canvas, the author reveals the sea landscape and its beauty in different shades of blue. The exhibition will be displayed in the multimedia room of the museum until July 27, when we will host the next temporary exhibition this summer – Croats on the Ice Sea 1872 – 1874 by the Quarneroli Lions Club from Lovran. This exhibition reveals the story of the Croatian mariners who took part in scientific research in the…

Traditional Wooden Shipbuilding Fair

Traditional Wooden Shipbuilding Fair Sales and exhibition fair with the aim of promoting and valorizing traditional wooden shipbuilding and related crafts Betina, 3 – 5 June 2022 From June 3 to June 5, 2022, the Fair of Traditional Wooden Shipbuilding will be held in Betina, organized by the Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding, the Tourist Board of Betina and the Betina gajeta 1740 association. The program includes a traditional wooden boats exhibition, a sales and exhibition fair with manufacturers of equipment intended for wooden ships – ropes, fenders, deck equipment, fittings, small shipbuilding service – boat engines, electrical equipment, paints and varnishes, as well as fishing tools and equipment, expert lectures by shipbuilders and other traditional shipbuilding enthusiasts, presentations of traditional tools production, workshops for…

Life of a gajeta

Gajeta 5.90 m long and 2.12 m wide was built by Šime and Ljube Filipi in Sukošan for the client Bepa from Kaprije in 1968. The construction of the gajeta is confirmed by the original record from their order book in which the dimensions of the future boat are specified, and the half-model according to which Šime and Ljube made the boat is also preserved. Gajeta changed several owners and several names also, and spent the longest time in the Radovčić family from Kaprije. Actually Vera Radovčić took care of the boat, she drove it, fished with the gajeta, while her husband Ante was a sailor. In 2013, she was sold to Mateo Pirjak in Jezera, on the island of Murter. He was obliged to…

Argan

Argan is a wooden winch used for hauling boats out of the water for repairs. It is crafted from oak wood. At least five people are needed to start an argan, and the number of people needed to operate it depends on the size and weight of the boat. The two beams laid through the groove at the top are called arms and they are used for starting the device. The longer the beams, the larger the lever. When a boat is to be hauled out of the water, first a single unjulo rope is prepared, which is attached to the tracks under the boat. The tracks have two saddles to receive the boat, and an iron axle (ašpa) is placed over them, with an…

Croatian Tourism Month

Visiting or somewhere near Murter island these days? In October don’t miss your visit to Betina Wooden Shipbuilding Museum! As part of the Croatian Tourism Month Campaign launched by the Croatian National Tourism Board and Croatian Ministry of Tourism and Sport in order to extend tourist season you will discover the hidden charms of wooden boats and learn more about the present and the past of Murter island and traditional wooden shipbuilding. Find us located in the authentic ambience of a centuries-old stone house, in the heart of the Betina historic core, and in the closest vicinity to our unique floating museum in town’s harbour. Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 and Saturday from 09:00 to 12:00. Visit us in October…

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