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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  • Went with low expectations, left wowed!! Huge collection of magnificent jade and gem stone scultures, Asian dolls, art, and much more. Whole carriage carved of stone, just beautiful. Judaic art...  more »
  • Absolutely amazing pieces of carved ivory - from full tusks (even ancient mammoths) to small pieces. The jades too are phenomenal. I have been in museums all over the world (biut not China!) and have....  more »
  • This was absolutely fabulous. Not to be missed. Highly recommend. Locate in a very good area close to restaurants and shops.  more »
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  • So much to see!! The ivory carvings are amazing up close there is nothing like it!! The jade sculptures too!! Trigger Warning to others just in case: holocaust area is a sensitive place and should only be visited by those who can appreciate learning more about the history. If you are highly sensitive to this I would skip that part.
  • Nice collection of Chinese carvings - including jade and ivory, vases, many pairs of Foo Dogs (guardian lions), imperial robes. Also a good collection of Judaic carvings, paintings and sculptures. There is a display showing the typical food and symbols of Chanukah and an example of a Passover Seder meal. Very interesting museum.
  • I was taken completely by surprise by the quality of this museum. It contains several rooms of amazing Asian art. They range from an entire room of intricately carved tusks (including some mammoth tusks) to rooms of jade ivory. My only disappointment was that most pieces did not include dates. The Judaic section was a surprise in that it consisted mainly of very recent art, although much of felt as it should have been older. The Holocaust section, of course, was intense. The admission is a mere $6 and still I had place virtually to myself. Not everything in Memphis is about music or civil rights. Give this museum a try.
  • I loved this place! It is full of pretty pieces of Asian art and Jewish art too. The place is very quiet and not to crowded, so you can enjoy your visit and see all the pieces.
  • This is a gallery absolutely worth visiting. Read a few.reviews that said it would be an hour or so visit but we spent close to 3 hours looking at everything. If you come to Memphis carve out some time to check this out.

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