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MacKay Memorial Museum

MacKay Memorial Museum

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Updates : 2023-10-06

Travel tips

  • Revisit Reverend Mackay’s contributions and efforts in Taiwan
  • Get a peek of Reverend Mackay’s former residence in Tamsui
  • Check out the Spanish Colonial-style stucco-walled building


Reverend George Leslie MacKay, a Canadian Presbyterian missionary, came to Tamsui in 1872, embarking on his journey as a missionary. The MacKay Memorial Museum was MacKay's residence in Taiwan at the time, designed by the reverend himself in 1875 and built with Spanish colonial-style stucco walls, which made it very suitable for the humid and rainy climate of Northern Taiwan. MacKay got married and had children here, and spent his days with his Taiwanese wife Tiun Chhang-mia until his passing in 1901.

Reverend MacKay's Contributions in Taiwan
The MacKay Memorial Museum was not only MacKay's residence in Taiwan, but also the base for his engagements in missionary work, health care, and education, cultivating countless Taiwan educators and medical professionals. Even the third governor of Taiwan, Maresuke Nogi, visited him at this place. During the Second World War, the residence was temporarily changed into a “Peace Clinic,” providing residence and support for the women who lost their families. For a period of time after 1965, it was used as a dormitory and office for teachers of Aletheia University.

In Memory of Reverend MacKay
“Rather burn out, than rust out,” is the motto Reverend MacKay lived by. Today, the MacKay Memorial Museum commemorates him by putting his life’s work on full display. MacKay’s contributions in Taiwan, from his missionary work, to educational teachings, to health and medical care, can all be viewed here at his historic residence, within viewing distance of Mount Guanyin and the Tamsui River.
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