Elloree, South Carolina: Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

The teapot collection of Sybil and the late Julian Boland is exhibited in a large, fanciful blue tea kettle. Their Noah's Ark section displays their Bible- and animal-themed teapots.

J's Tea-rific Teapot Museum

2734 W. Cleveland St., Elloree, SC
Downtown. behind Boland's Pharmacy, which is on the north side of W. Cleveland St./Hwy 47 between Main St. and the train tracks.
By appt. only. 803-829-2944 or 803-707-2017
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

Reports and tips from RoadsideAmerica.com visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

Stopped by here. I knew you had to have an appointment to get in. Here are the numbers for Sybil Boland that we found posted on the door: 803-829-2944 or 803-707-2017. We will have to give her a call on another day to visit.

[D, 06/30/2016]

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot.

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

The couple traveled around the world as missionaries and collected these teapots. Each country's flag is on its display. The husband passed away only two years ago, two years after erecting the teapot structure and completing his vision. Very sweet story, amazing displays, and well worth the few minutes off the interstate! Call Sybil for an appointment -- she's sweet and will show you around!

[Kelly Smith, 03/12/2016]

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot.

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

We had the chance to visit this amazing collection of more than 3,000 teapots recently. It is no longer open regularly since Dr. Boland, the pharmacist who began the collection more than 40 years ago, died in September, 2014. His wonderful wife graciously drove the 30 minutes from their home to give us a personal tour after we called the number posted on the teapot's door. She'd prefer that folks make appointments farther ahead.

She recommended we have lunch at the Trackside Cafe just next door while we waited for her and we were glad we did -- perfect sweet iced tea and the best cheese grits we ever ate.

Mrs. Boland is a fun and knowledgeable tour guide, quipping that it's all her fault cause she bought the first one and her husband took it from there. The teapots are beautifully arranged by theme -- a "Hen House" for the chicken pots, an ark for other animals, a garden plot for the flower tea pots, etc. And many from around the world, since the Bolands were frequent travelers. Totally worth the quick side-trip to Elloree off the Interstate. If you are a camper, spend the night at Santee State Park, just 10 minutes away.

[Jane Brown, 12/09/2014]

Vegetable Garden display.

Teapot Museum in Big Teapot

A 20-foot-long blue teapot houses the teapot collection of Julian and Sybil Boland, who run a pharmacy in the adjacent building. Officially named J's Tea-rific Teapot Museum, it opened in June 2012. The Boland collection reportedly numbers in the tens of thousands. One display in the museum resembles Noah's Ark, designed to hold Bible- and animal-themed teapots.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 06/12/2012]

Nearby Offbeat Places

UFO Welcome CenterUFO Welcome Center, Bowman, SC - 14 mi.
Swamp Fox MuralsSwamp Fox Murals, Manning, SC - 24 mi.
Amelia Bedelia StatueAmelia Bedelia Statue, Manning, SC - 24 mi.
In the region:
Big Peanut, Pelion, SC - 42 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

November 20, 2017

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

South Carolina Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Ruby City Museum, Franklin, North Carolina (Nov 20-26, 2017)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Book Online Now