Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, Memphis

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The Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art is located at 119 South Main Street at the intersection of Gayoso Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. The museum was opened in 1998 as the Peabody Place Museum and in January 2007 it received its present name.
The museums collection is based on the private collection of Memphis developers Jack and Marilyn Belz, who owned the Peabody Hotel and Peabody Place. The Belz features over 1,000 objects, including works of jade, tapestries, furniture, carvings, and other historical and artistic objects. The museum also houses one of the finest collections of pieces from the Qing dynasty.
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  • This museum must not be missed. The Asian collection is crazy extensive, comprising rooms and rooms of stunningly beautiful artwork - sculpture, ornamented vases and urns, embroidered robes and wall....  more
    This museum must not be missed. The Asian collection is crazy extensive, comprising rooms and rooms of stunningly beautiful artwork - sculpture, ornamented vases and urns, embroidered robes and wall....  more »
  • So much history in one place! Awed by how large and diverse the collection is. Had many meaningful conversations with my 17 and 19 yo. The detail in some of these works of art wete probably a... 
    So much history in one place! Awed by how large and diverse the collection is. Had many meaningful conversations with my 17 and 19 yo. The detail in some of these works of art wete probably a...  more »
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  • This was my first Asian Art museum. And because of parenting duties, I was only able to see the Chinese side of the museum. I missed the Holocaust and Jewish side, so keep that in mind while reading the review. Setting was in a great location downtown. We parked in the garage almost directly across from the entrance to the museum building. The museum is in the basement so no windows and a little less inviting. The art was amazing. The description plaques were educational. Most of what was there was statues and figurines, not paintings. The gift shop, though small, had items that interested my whole family of 7. I did not do the written tour, nor audio tour, nor guided tour. When I come back without little children, I will be purchasing these. The price was below expected for entrance, tours, and gift shop. What this tells me is that the owners of the collection are just trying to share their love for Asian art. I was told by an employee that the art on display was 6-8% of what was owned so I should come back every 6-12 months to see some new items. In addition to low prices, we actually got a Groupon for this that was unbelievable.
  • Absolutely loved this hidden gem of the Memphis Art Scene!!! Great staff, but even better exhibits. The level of detail in the tusk carvings is insane! A nice Holocaust remembrance exhibit too. The artifacts are dated to the era in which they were likely created. And any available info is provided. Craziest thing to me is that the staff told my group that this only represents 10% or less of the art they hold currently.

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