Ecomuseum Vlaški Puti (Vlach Paths)
The Ecomuseum Vlaški Puti (Vlach Paths) brings forward the social history and traditional culture of Šušnjevica and its surroundings through the concept of a cultural landscape. It consists of an Interpretation Centre and a Media Library, situated in the old local school, along with themed trails through Učka Nature Park, directly connected with the life and activities of the community.
In terms of organization, the Interpretation Centre with the themed trails and the landscape interpretation is based on the concept of ecomuseology, i.e. a holistic approach to the heritage and active engagement of the local community in the interpretation and management of their own cultural heritage.
The mission of the Interpretation Centre and Ecomuseum „Vlaški puti” is to valorize and present the social history and traditional culture of Šušnjevica and the surrounding villages with a special emphasis on the transfer of knowledge about the Vlach (the so-called Istro-Romanian) language and culture.
The vision of the centre and the ecomuseum is to be a point of reference for the local community to be able to cherish their own culture and traditions, to help the professional public in cultural research (linguistic, ethnological, historical and other humanities) and to present the treasures of Šušnjevica, the surrounding villages and Učka Nature Park to the wider public by providing an experience of the local culture and the accompanying landscape.