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Yin Yu Tang
$6 (plus museum admission). Salem residents, museum members, and youth 16 and under FREE. Same-day timed tickets to Yin Yu Tang may be purchased at the admissions desk.
During the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a prosperous merchant surnamed Huang built a stately sixteen-bedroom house in China’s southeastern Huizhou region, calling his home Yin Yu Tang.
Enter the Huang family ancestral home to gain a rare perspective on Chinese art, architecture, and culture
The first floor bedrooms have intricately carved lattice windows that look out onto two fish pools in the central courtyard. These details tell as much about the aspirations, identity, and creative expression of the Huang family as they do about the architectural heritage of the region.
The family’s well-documented genealogy and the accumulation of furnishings passed down through eight generations offer the opportunity to understand historical changes in China as they affect individuals in their daily lives and cultures on a global scale.
With the museum’s already extensive collections of Asian art and period architecture, the acquisition of Yin Yu Tang provides unrivaled opportunities to explore the artistic and cultural heritage of rural China and the multi-faceted, often surprising, connections between Asia and America.
Yin Yu Tang is available for scheduled self-guided, audio, and docent-led tours. Ask admissions staff for times and availability. The frequency and size of tours are limited to optimize visitor experience and protect the historic structure. Tour Yin Yu Tang online. The Website winner of interactive design, online exhibition, and education awards uniquely illustrates the richness of the region’s artistic and cultural heritage and the story of the Huang family through original audio and video clips, photographs, and text.
Furniture, furnishings and films about Yin Yu Tang are now on view in the Ground Level Chinese art gallery, adjacent to the Double Happiness exhibition. Also, please enjoy interpretive materials, objects and a video about Yin Yu Tang on the Ground Level outside Morse Auditorium and on the Level 2 landing.