Originally invented in Russia, samovars elevate tea service to an art form. While the simplest of these metal devices used for boiling water are fairly utilitarian, generations of artisans have added their own etchings, richly detailed metalwork, and other ornamental embellishments.
Situated in the Old Believer’s village near Lake Peipus, this private museum features a collection of roughly 100 antique samovars and related artifacts. The samovars on display range from beautifully ornate creations to slightly quirkier specimens—including one shaped like a crowing rooster.
More than anything, the museum is a tribute to Estonian tea-drinking culture and traditions. Along with observing the artifacts, visitors can participate in workshops on the art of savoring tea.