EXHIBITS BUILDING OF HIIUMAA MUSEUM IN KASSARI

Continue driving towards Kassari.

Photo: Hanno Luukas
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.