Welcome to the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art!
The Belz Museum opened in 1998 and was originally three small rooms; over the years, the museum has expanded and now encompasses 24,000 square-feet of exhibition space and over 1,400 objects.
Originally the private collection of local entrepreneur, Jack A. Belz, and his wife, Marilyn, most pieces on display were donated by them to the foundation that runs the museum. The Belz Museum has 5 permanent exhibit galleries: 3 Asian, 1 Judaic, and the Holocaust Memorial Gallery. Special exhibits are brought in semi-annually.
The museum is unofficially called “The Jade Museum,” since one of the main materials featured is jade in sculptural form. The main Asian collection features artworks from the Qing Dynasty, the last dynasty of China, which ran from 1644-1911.
The Judaic Gallery, which opened to the public in the fall of 2004, contains over 200 works of art created by contemporary Jewish artists working and living in Israel today. Many of the pieces were commissioned by Mr. Belz from artists with whom he has personal relationships.
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2016 Belz Museum Summer Movie Series
Saturday - June 25 – Curse of the Golden Flower - (2006; R) – During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself. – 114 mins.
Sunday - June 26 – Fearless - (2006; PG-13) - A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation. – 104 mins.
Saturday - July 2 – Confucius - (2010; NR) - The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius. -125 min
Sunday - July 3 – The Yankles - (2009; PG-13) - About Charlie Jones, a washed up, ex major league ballplayer, and how he gets a second chance at life and love by managing a Jewish, orthodox yeshiva baseball team. – 115 mins.
Saturday - July 9 – Hidden in Silence - (1996; NR) - Poland June 1941, as German troops take over the Eastern side of the city of Przemysl from the Russians. To save their belongings from the Nazis, the Jewish family Diamant transfers them to their 17-year-old Catholic maid Fusia. In return Fusia provides them with food until the ghetto is dissolved, and then hides 13 people in her loft for over two years. However, as the front approaches and two German nurses take quarter in Fusias apartment everything seems to be in vain. – 90 mins.
Sunday - July 10 – Keeping Up with the Steins - (2006; PG-13) - A 13-year-old boy uses his upcoming bar mitzvah to reconcile the strained relationship between his father and grandfather. – 90 mins.
Saturday - July 16 – Woman in Gold - (2015; PG-13) - Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. – 109 mins.
Sunday - July 17 – The Pianist - (2002; R) - A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. – 180 mins
Saturday - July 23 – When Do We Eat? - (2005; R) - A family's Passover gets screwy after the patriarch unknowingly ingests a hit of Ecstasy. – 86 mins.
Sunday - July 24 – The Debt - (2010; PG-13) - In 1965, three Mossad agents cross into East Berlin to apprehend a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, the secrets the agents share come back to haunt them.
– 117 mins.
Saturday – July 30 – Hero - (2002; R) - A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors– 99 mins.
Sunday – July 31 – Mao’s Last Dancer - (2009; PG) - A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet. In 1979, during a cultural exchange to Texas, he fell in love with an American woman. Two years later, he managed to defect and went on to perform as a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet and as a principal artist with the Australian Ballet. – 117 mins.
Saturday - August 6 – Mulan - (1998; G) - To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process. – 88 mins.
Sunday - August 7 – Mulan 2 - (2004; G) - While preparing for their wedding, Shang and Mulan are suddenly sent off on a secret mission. Mushu starts to meddle, and a surprise attack by Mongolians doesn't help either. – 79 mins.
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Belz Museum Volunteers
The Belz Museum requires excellent customer service skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, other volunteers and visitors. Belz Museum staff will also be looking for sincere enjoyment of people and the ability to deal positively with difficult visitors. Knowledge of Memphis and tourist attractions is helpful.
See below for specific duties:
Museum Ambassador and Visitor Welcome
Ensure that all visitors have a positive and enjoyable experience. Greet and welcome guests, check coats and belongings, answer questions, provide directions, engage in conversations about art and exhibitions and assist museum visitors. Requires a warm, professional public presence and customer service orientation; ability to communicate clearly and effectively with staff, volunteers and visitors. Training provided.
Support staff during required breaks and museum maintenance. Volunteers will help with light housekeeping (vacuuming within galleries, dusting cases and cleaning glass). Volunteers will also cover the gift shop operations if the staff is required to give a tour or work with student groups.
Art Project Prep
Assist museum staff with set-up, clean-up, demonstration and use of materials for school groups. Experience working with children preferred.
Be the host with the most at after-hours programs and other special events. Greet guests, check coats and parcels, and assist staff. Physical requirements may include standing for extended periods and lifting up to ten pounds.
The Belz Museum has special projects that crop-up during the year and we are always looking for help. The projects could be signage installation, specialty construction, painting exhibit areas or even small research assignments.
Required training will be provided by Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art - Training will involve learning the bullet points for “selling” the Museum to visitors as well as basic training for understanding the collection. Training to use the register as well as the credit card machine will be provided.
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Fall Exhibit 2016 - Available Starting August 15!
Visit our Educators' Page for information on the the Belz Museum's Specialized Education Tours.
Educators please contact our staff to book a special tour for you and your students! Click here for more information.
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Qing Dynasty, China
Tour Operators and Tour Guides
Special pricing is availabe to groups of 10 or more. Advanced reservations are required for a Docent-led tour.
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Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.