Museum "Tula Samovars"

Samovar and Tula are inseparable. One can find Tula samovar in any part of Russia and far beyond its boundaries. Tula craftsmen forged arm and manufactured samovars for centuries. These are traditional trades of Tula region, as well as accordion production, laces and pastille from Belev, etc.

Everyone knows that samovar is a device for boiled water making. “It boils itself” (“sam varit”) – from these words the name comes.  And samovar itself could not appear in any other country. In China from where tea was brought to Russia, there is a relative device which also has a pipe and ash-pit. But a real samovar does not exist anywhere else, at least because one puts tea directly to the boiled water, the same as coffee. Samovar is obliged to tea for its appearance. Tea was brought to Russia from Asia in XVII century and was applied that time as a medicine among rich noble people.

Where and when did the first samovar appear? Who invented it? It is unknown. It is just known that going to Ural in 1701 Tula smith-manufacturer I. Demidov took two skilled workers, craftsmen on copper. Samovars are possible to be manufactured already that time in Tula. In XIX century samovar “settles” in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Vladimir, Yaroslavsky and Vyatsky regions. Tula and samovar have been inseparable for two centuries whatever happened. Samovar is a part of life and fate of our people reflected in proverbs, masterpieces of our literature classics – Pushkin and Gogol, Blok and Gorky. Samovar is poetry. It is a kind Russian hospitability. It is circle of friends and relatives, warm and hearty peace.

Languages: Russian, English. Excursions in other foreign languages are possible by request.