New Taipei City's Former Warehouse Of Lapraik Cass & Co (Tamsui Shell Warehouse)
contains four large warehouses, three small buildings, oil receptacle sites, and
approximately 4,000 square feet of land which had experienced the opening of Tamsui's ports,
Japan's colonisation, American military bombing during World War II and other significant
moments in history. These are the only remaining British merchant warehouses in Tamsui
and are one of the few industrial ruins and monuments in Taiwan.
These warehouses were designated as a New Taipei City historical site in June 2000, and by
the end of the year Shell Taiwan Ltd. donated the artifacts and warehouses on the land to the
Tamsui Cultural Foundation to manage the seven year-long restoration work. On November 2011
the "Tamsui Cultural Park" formally opened to the public.
The Tamsui Shell Story House is located in the Tamsui Arts & Cultural Park and provides
permanent exhibitions on the history of Shell warehouse's development, workshop spaces
for Tamsui Community College, a variety of arts exhibitions to promote Tamsui creative
cultural development and international exchanges. Tamsui Arts & Cultural Park may one
day become greater Tamsui region's museum of cultural life and a place for the
humanistic exchange of local and international outlooks.
Tamsui's ports opened to international trade in 1862 with Fort Po (Pàotái pù) and Piatow
being designated as foreign business districts. In November 1894, a "Permanent Lease of
Tienyuan Sanpu Section" agreement was signed between Francis Cass and Chi Hwa-San;
leading to the establishment of a British merchant facility for trade in tea and camphor.
In 1897 Shell transport and trading company began trading oil through cooperation with
the British merchant facility. In 1900 Shell bought the warehouse and gradually
constructed more warehouses, oil tanks, storage units and a railway line to transport oil
through the Northern Tamsui Railway. In 1944, when during World War II American
forces bombed northern Taiwan, the "smelly burning oil tank" incident occurred. Finally
in June 2000 the warehouses were designated as historical monuments.
Shell Story House Introduction
Over a hundred years time the Tamsui Shell warehouse witnessed the opening of
Tamsui's ports to trade and foreign commercial leasing, transportation, and
transformations in landscape and culture. The Tamsui Cultural Foundation
created the Tamsui Shell Story House, and is located in the D warehouse.
Through texts, images and artifacts collected over the years we can learn about
the development of the Shell Group over the 19th century and what life was like
at this fresh water harbor; from the smell of burning oil and property disputes
to the designation of monuments, warehouse renovation and many other changes
over the course of history.
The Tamsui Cultural Foundation offers a variety of Shell warehouse educational
courses and games for the enjoyment of visiting guests.
／Building A (former tin factory)
／Building B (former kerosene case storage)
／Building C Arts Exhibition (former lubricants storage)
／Building D Shell Story House(former benzine storage)
／Building F restroom (former boiler room)
／Building G side storage room (former pump room)
／Railway and rail weighbridge
Tuesday to Sunday 9:30 - 17:30. The Shell Story House and the Tamsui Arts&Cultural Park hours of
operation are the same.
Tour Guide Services:
Provided every Saturday and Sunday at 15:00. Group tour guide services are offered as well, please
reserve by telephone two weeks in advance.
(or the following working day if Monday is a public holiday).
As above,the other closed days announced separately, please check it on our website before visiting.
Travel by bus or MRT(Tamsui/Xinyi Line), please get off at Tamsui Station,and then walk along Bitou St.,
it takes about 3 minutes to arrive here.
Parking: The Tamsui Arts & Cultural Park does not provide a parking lot. The Tamsui MRT station offers
an underground parking lot for your use. There are also a few private parking spaces available for rent
next-door to our Park.
We support the registration of Tamsui as a World Cultural Heritage site