Brochures in English

  • Transformation of Tamsui: The journey in becoming an international trading port

    We offer a wide range of activities showcasing the founding of the Tamsui Port in 1862! Don’t miss out on our special exhibitions in May and exciting programs in July, which includes thematic activities, performances, day trips, prize draw, special LINE stickers, lectures, podcasts and seminars, we are bringing the whole 1862 Tamsui package to you!
    In May, our two special exhibitions introduce the key events of Tamsui’s history, including the establishment of the Tamsui Port and Customs in 1862, and the arrival of George Mackay in 1872. Within this ten-year period, Tamsui transformed into an international port and the destination of countless merchant ships. This led to the collision and exchange of different cultures, paving the way for the unique cultural landscape of the Tamsui Port.

    Passing the Hurdles! Celebrating 160 years of Tamsui Port

    In May, we launch “Passing the Hurdles! Celebrating 160 years of Tamsui Port” Special Exhibition, this is held in Warehouse C of the Tamsui Customs Wharf, we have transformed all historical events into actual onsite hurdles. Here, you will meet John Todd, the late nineteenth-century British businessman and representative, as well as missionary George Mackay. You are invited to join their team and explore the histories of Tamsui Port. This exhibition consists of three missions:
    Firstly, in “Decoding the Customs House,” you will take on the role of a foreign businessman travelling to Taiwan. Here, you will be asked to decode all the custom procedures, paving your way into a millionaire.
    Next, in “Decoding Foreign Trade,” you need to learn about the hidden roles of business and trades in Taiwan. You have to carefully consider all steps, from commercial rental to business negotiations with local merchants. This is the only way to secure your wealth.
    Last, in “Decoding Daily Life,” you are asked to learn about all aspects of a nineteenth-century life, including access to medication, recreations, food and services on demand. Such knowledge will improve the quality of your life in Tamsui.
    While visiting the exhibition, you are also invited to take photos with all our historical figures. What’s more, there is a “sampan boat helper” hiding in our exhibition space! You can simply scan the QR codes in our space and run a successful business with our little helper. The helper will team up with you to build your own firm, solving all issues and explore business strategies in Taiwan, making your dream of becoming a top millionaire to come true!

    Coming to Taiwan: George Mackay, his family and their influences

    In order to provide a comprehensive view of George Mackay and his descendants, we have curated Coming to Taiwan- George Mackay, his family and their influences exhibition in the Western-Style Building at the Tamsui Customs Wharf. This exhibition comprises three major sections, including “Coming to Taiwan,” “Education is Key” and “My Land, My People:”
    “Coming to Taiwan” showcases Mackay’s dedication to the varied communities all around Taiwan, as both a Christian missionary and medical doctor. Mackay documented his experience with words and photography, leaving us invaluable records of the cultural and historical landscape of Taiwan.
    “Education is Key” provides an overview of Mackay family’s commitment of education in Tamsui. Through the establishment of the Tamsui Girls School and Tam-Kong High School, the Mackays were pioneers of local schools and women’s education in Tamsui.
    “My land, My People” features photographs, drawings and written records from the Mackay family collection, showcasing their deep love of Taiwan.
    We invite you to visit us and experience the diverse history of Tamsui.

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    I Left My Heart in Tamsui: A Celebration of Tamsui’s History
    Now Until July

  • 2022 New Taipei City Drum Art Festival

    This year, our festival can be appreciated in all formats! Through different platforms and collaborations with artistic communities, we offer our audience a rich and diverse artistic experience both online and onsite.
    This year, our festival is going everywhere! Our special portable theaters will travel to Xinzhuang, Zhonghe, Shulin, Sanchong and Tamsui for five performances. Our performers will dazzle you with their drumming skills and the flavors of Taiwan in your village, quarters and street. They turn the squares, parks and night markets into their theaters, enchanting you with their rhythm and beating. This time, nobody will miss out!
    Our online platform will be taken over by seven highly acclaimed performance groups, including the Golden Melody Award shortlisted “Sibongie” ensemble. Their drumming skills will form part of the dance, musical and theater shows. All programs will stream online live, bringing us an all-around artistic experience.
    Love drum art? This is a festival not to be missed!

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    Cultural Affairs Department, New Taipei City Govenment


    This is an exhibition about gratefulness, a sentiment deeply associated with the tea culture, it is an exhibition about cultural reflections. Here, through the empowerment of the arts, we resume our journey in the post-COVID world.
    The development of tea culture and its foundation are based on the gratefulness and a sense of balance, which allowed our forefathers to exist in harmony with Mother Nature. This exhibition adopts the latest digital technology to create an immersive space, providing an ideal theater for the myths and folklores relating to tea from southwestern China.
    Having perceived themselves as in the center of the universe, human beings exploit Mother Nature relentlessly, resulting in climate change and new pandemics. In this exhibition, we organized a doomsday section as a reminder of the environmental impacts caused by human activities and the necessity of a sustainable lifestyle. We should be “grateful” to Mother Nature, as our forefathers had been.
    How to recover from COVID is a test for everybody. In this exhibition, we showcase the ceramic objects, which were restored through “kintsugi” techniques, to promote a sustainable and frugal lifestyle. Likewise, our “Dongfang meiren (Oriental Beauty)” tea is made with tea leaves damaged by insects. This damage, nonetheless, does not impact on the flavor and aroma of the tea, allowing us to appreciate the sweet fruit after an ordeal.
    Last, we would also like to introduce the “gratefulness” traditions of various countries. Through our experimental crystal technique, this exhibition urges visitors to be grateful for what they have, not to mourn what they lost.

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    Now Until 2023/05/08
    Pinglin Tea Museum of New Taipei City

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