Yin Yu Tang House Tours at PEM
Please note: Self-guided tours are limited to five visitors to allow for proper physical distancing. The second floor of the house is not open at this time.
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.
Among the many literary interpretations of this name is the desire for the home to shelter generations of descendants.
Yin Yu Tang was home to the Huang family for more than two hundred years until 1982 when the last descendants moved from the village.
The home was oriented in the village according to principles of feng shui to ensure a harmonious relationship with the landscape and was constructed according to local building traditions and customs. Coins were placed under structural columns to bring prosperity to the home’s inhabitants.
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.
You can also tour Yin Yu Tang online. (requires flash 6 or Quicktime.
$6 per person (in addition to museum admission). Adults $20, seniors (65 and over) $18, students (with ID) $12, youth (16 and under) and Salem residents free
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