Tula Samovars Museum (Тульский музей самоваров)

Samovar is a container made of the metal or ceramics, used for water boiling and beverage preparation foremost a tea. The same vessels were found in the territory of China and Iran. Samovars can be as of simple shape without any decoration both the perfect works of art had received the awards in the international fairs. Samovars were widely used on the whole territory of Russia.


In the XX century, the samovars were pushed out by the kettles for gas stoves and electric kettles. At present the samovars are used as the decorative fixture in the traditional Russian style, as pieces of art or souvenirs, it is almost impossible to find them in daily life.

The samovar such as weapons or gingerbread is the main symbol of Tula city. To the middle of the XIX century, there were about thirty samovars manufactures. The large collection of the samovar in the local historical museum was separated into the independent museum in 1990.

The Tula Samovars Museum sections:

  • History of the samovars production in Tula in the XVIII-XIX centuries – predecessors of samovars, the old tools, antique samovars;
  • Samovars manufacturing at the end of XIX – beginning of the XX centuries, old tea sets and furniture for tea-drinking. Among the most exciting exhibit is the set of miniature samovars which were presented to the children of the Russian Emperor Nicholas II;
  • Modern samovars.

The Tula Samovars Museum is located near the Tula Kremlin in building constructed in 1875 in honor of Emperor Alexander II visit Tula. In 1910-1912 to the 300 anniversary of the House of Romanovs, the building was reconstructed and took the name “The House of Alexander II.”

Open hours and price

Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday – from 10 to 18

Friday, Saturday – from 10 to 20

Days off – Monday, Tuesday, the last Wednesday of each month

Ticket price 250 rubles

How to get to the Tula Samovars Museum

Tula, Mendeleevskaya Ulitsa, 8

In the Russian language – Тула, Менделеевская улица, 8


Tula Samovars Museum website in the Russian language

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