Hiiumaa Muuseumi Pikk Maja

Long House

The longest house tells the stories of the islanders of Hiiumaa

Pikk Maja, or “Long House” located in Kärdla, Hiiumaa, presents the history of the island through a collection of Hiiumaa Museums, and the stories of the islanders.

The main building of the Hiiumaa Museums, Pikk Maja, is a former dwelling house, where the managers of the Hiiu-Kärdla wool factory lived until the middle of the 20th century. The factory, which produced high-quality woollen cloth, was destroyed in a fire during WWII, but the residence survived and is popularly known as The Long House. Built between 1830 and 1840 this over 60-meter-long building is the longest wooden house in Kärdla.

During the Soviet period, the building housed several government institutions, including the Department of Education and a library. The Long House was also where wedding ceremonies were carried out.

There is one permanent, and several small temporary, exhibitions in the museum, which are visitable throughout the year. There is also a playroom for young visitors. The Long House also offers a souvenir and book shop with a wide selection of Hiiumaa-made handicrafts and souvenirs.