• Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding Vladimira Nazora 7, 22244 Betina tel: +385 22 434 105 e-mail: muzej@mbdb.hr OIB: 18373481225 IBAN: HR5424070001100432459 OTP

    Working hours:

    From 1st to 30th of June and from 1st to 30th of September:

    Monday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    The Museum is closed on Sundays, holidays and national holidays.

    From 1st of July to 31th of August:

    Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    From 1st of October to 31st of May

    Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Saturday: 9 - 12 a.m.

    The Museum is closed on Sundays, holidays and national holidays.

    Group visits outside specified time need to be announced at least 5 days earlier.

    Ticket prices

    Adults: 30 kn

    Children up to 7: free of charge

    Pupils, students and pensioners: 20 kn

    20% discount on group visits (min. 20 persons)

    Free admission for tour guides and group leaders, members of ICOM and museum associations

    Audio guide English, German and Italian Use of the guide – free of charge

    Expert guidance

    Price (per group): 100 kn (upon announcement)

    Preschool children and pupils: free of charge

Home / Cicibela


Cicibela is a Betina gajeta of an older type. It was built in the shipyard of Jere Filipi Tošulov in 1931 for Toma Gregov, a client from Preko on the island of Ugljan. During its long life it transported labourers, beasts of burden and crops, and during the Second World War it transported refugees to El Shatt in secret night voyages to Kornati, where a larger vessel was waiting. Always on guard, they used to sink Cicibela every night by filling it with rocks. It was kept like that until the following night when it would be prepared for sailing again. Cicibela ended up Zadar Foša, where it almost got sunk. In 2002, it was bought by Marino Mijat from Tribunj in a very bad shape, and he brought it back to Betina.

Its reconstruction and refurbishment were done by Čedomir Burtina Ćiro. After the boat had been reconstructed, only one fifth of the original material remained. Each timber was removed, one by one, a new one was fabricated and placed back in the boat. By utilizing this method, master Burtina managed to keep the original outline of the boat.

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