Tourism Valorisation of the Representative Monuments of Rijeka’s Industrial Heritage is a three-year project conducted by the City of Rijeka, in collaboration with the University of Rijeka and the Rijeka Tourist Board. It is an integrated project concerned with renovation and putting into operation two representative monuments of Rijeka’s industrial heritage. These are motor vessel Galeb and the Sugar Refinery Palace, part of the former industrial block Rikard Benčić, both of which are protected monuments of culture of the Republic of Croatia. Essentially, the program aims to give a new interpretation of the city’s history and its cultural heritage. It involves the creation of a new cultural and tourist route, as well as scientific, educational and promotional activities that promote the project and raise interest of the wider public in the cultural heritage.
After the reconstruction and furnishing, the Sugar Refinery Palace and Galeb will have a total of 9,524.9 m2 designated for various cultural and commercial purposes. These two facilities will be used as the sites of permanent and temporary exhibitions, creative workshops, art performances, summer film shows, thematic conferences
, offering also accommodation for the visitors and providing a number of commercial services directly related to cultural heritage.
The Centre’s activities include education, creation of educational materials and provision of training and seminars to tourist guides about new products of cultural tourism.