EXHIBITS BUILDING OF HIIUMAA MUSEUM IN KASSARI
Continue driving towards Kassari.
Photo: Hanno Luukas
This is the place where on May 29, 1967,
the Hiiumaa Museum of today was
established as an amateur museum. Two
years later it gained status as a national
museum. Museum was founded by an
enthusiastic country study researcher
and school teacher, Volli Mäeumbaed,
who also became the first director.
Until 1998 the museum was housed
in this former officials and governors'
house of the Kassari manorial, which
later became a schoolhouse. When the
new centre was completed in Kärdla, the permanent exhibition of the
Hiiumaa County Museum stayed in Kassari, which gives an overview
of the Hiiumaa history from the Stone Age up to the 1990s in words,
pictures, and abundant objects. Of course there are some tourist
favourites: like the so-called last wolf of Hiiumaa, laughing room with
refracting glass or the prismatic glass of the lighthouse, rocking chair
for two, etc. Historical persons connected to Hiiumaa could be seen on
the photos, like Jacob De la Gardie, Ebba Margaretha von Stenbock,
Otto Reinhold Ludwig von Ungern-Sternberg, Bagpipe-Juss, etc.
The artefacts originate from the history of maritime and agricultural
estates, czarist and the first Estonian independence era, not to mention
the Soviet occupation. You will get the best overview by asking a
museum staff member to be your guide. Interesting sights can be found
outside: a lifeboat from the Estonia ferry, a flagstaff from the Kassari
School, manors' device for maintaining lawn, the ship anchor that was
pulled out from Orjaku harbour. You can rest in front of the museum
under a huge oak-tree - this is the heart of Kassari manor.