LongJing Tea Museum or Chinese National Tea Museum, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. Exhibition on history, technology and production of tea in China, with tea culture performances. It was opened in April 1991, in a building surrounded by tea plantations and a park.
Website: www.teamuseum.cn (until recently, the site was available in English)
Tenfu Tea Museum, Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, China. It is a private museum that was constructed in 2000 and finished in 2002 by the Tenfu Group, created in 1993. It displays past tea cultures, tea processing, tea and tea ware, and has live tea culture performances.
Macau Tea Culture House (Casa Cultural de Cha de Macau) is a museum located in Sao Lazaro, Macao, China. It was opened in June 2005.
Flaggstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, Hong Kong. The Flaggstaff house was built in 1846 as the first Western-style house in Hong Kong. In 1984 it was converted into the Flaggstaff House Museum of Tea Ware, which houses a collection of Chinese tea equipment.
Ping-Lin Tea Museum is located in the hills of Pinglin District, New Taipei, Taiwan. It was established in January 1997. The Ping-Lin region is known for its production of Puchong tea.
Meitan Tea Musuem was opened in 2010 in the tea producing town of Meitan. Meitan, China.
Ceylon Tea Museum was established 2001 by the Tea Board and Planters’ Association of Sri Lanka. It was a tea factory before, made into a museum. It is located in the former Hathana Tea Factory south of Kandy that was constructed in 1925.
Tata Tea Museum, also called Kannan Devan Hills Plantation (KDHP) Tea Museum, is located in the Nullatanni Tea Estate in Munnar, in the Indukki district of Kerala, South India. It was created in 2005. The plantation dates back to 1880s.
Lockhart Tea Museum is located in Munnar in the Indukki district of Kerala, South India. It is owned by the company Harrison Malayalam Ltd., one of South India’s largest tea cultivators. This plantation was established by Baron John von Rosenberg in 1879 and was opened in 2014.
Dodabetta Tea Factory and Museum, was opened in 2005, in Ooty in the Nilgiris, Coonoor, India.
Tea Museum in Shizuoka, Japan. This museum has been planned to open in spring 2018.
Jeju Osulloc Tea Museum, in Seogwipo, Jeju-do, South Korea, opened in September 2001. It introduces the tea history and culture in Korea.
Bois Cheri Tea Factory and Museum, in Bois Cheri, Mauritius.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums, Boston.
Twinings Museum, London. After having moved to London in 1684, Thomas Twining became a tea trader. He worked for the East India Company merchant, Thomas d’Aeth. Twining began by purchasing a coffee shop in 1706, where he sold tea (and coffee). Tea was still a luxury at the time, and his business became quickly successful. He expanded and also sold tea under the brand Golden Lyon. In 1825, his business included a bank, which financed his tea trade. The museum documents the history of the Twining family.
Bramah’s Museum of Tea and Coffee in London.
Ostfriesisches Teemuseum, Norden. Situated in the old town hall, the museum exhibits early porcelain tea sets and the history of the northwest German tea culture.
Teemuseum Norden Sammlung Oswald von Diepholz. This is a private collection of tea equipment used in northeast Germany.
Bünting TeemuseumLeer. The museum belongs to the Bünting company. It was created in 2001 and is situated in the old town of Leer. Johann Bünting opened his grocery store here in 1806, in which he sold tea, coffee, sugar, tobacco and spices. This was the beginning of the Bünting tea company, which still sells the most well-known German brands of black tea. The museum shows tea equipment and tells the history of tea culture in Germany and the company history.
Marriage Frères Musée de Thé, in Paris. Marriage Frères are one of the oldest French tea traders.
The Chinese government intended to create the structure for a tea museum in Essaouira in 2014, but this has not been realized so far.
Huangpo Old Port Museum, Guangzhou, China. This historic village is situated close to the ancient port of Huangpo, where European trading ships anchored from the seventeenth century onwards to load silk, porcelain and tea. The village is made a heritage site with the clan houses of the Hongs and the museum that documents the history of the trade. The village is situated southeast of Guangzhou, at Huangpucun, Panshi St, Haizhu, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.
Shanghai Historical Museum has a fascinating collection and display including tea history.
Sidi Mohammed ben Abdallah Museum in Essaouira, Morocco. This history museum is named after the town’s founder in 1764. The port city of Essaouira is closely connected to the history of tea trade in Morocco, as from the mid-eighteenth century, most foreign imports, including fabrics, sugar and tea, arrived via the port of Essaouira.
Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art is a private museum that was established in 1964 in Tokyo. It contains a collection of tea cups.
The British Museum in London hosts some of the first porcelain dishes from China and a section that recreates a Japanese tea ceremony.
XiaMei Tea Village near WuyiShan City. This former important tea production centre has been transformed into a cultural heritage site. It displays tea production, tea traders’ compounds, methods of processing and tea culture.