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.

For info on our hours of operation, admission costs and discounts, and physical location please click here.

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Gift Shop

Item of the Month: July, 2016

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Take home a reminder of your visit that will brighten your day 

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Current Events / News

OPEN POSITION AT THE BELZ MUSUEM: send resumes to info@belzmuseum.org

JOB DESCRIPTION: Guest Services Administrator   

(Part-time 25-29 hrs.)

$10.00-13 / hour

 

Purpose:  The guest services manager oversees all museum retail operations and many administrative functions of the museum. The job involves managing the museum’s databases, reconciling the daily receipts, filing, record keeping and acting as greeter to museum guests and visitors.

The job involves working closely with the general public, museum staff and volunteers. The guest services manager reports directly to the museum director.

 

Specific duties:

  • Greets and assists museum visitors
  • Gives guided tours of the museum to students and adult groups
  • Sells museum tickets and gift shop merchandise
  • Promotes retail sales; stocks inventory
  • Maintains gift shop and other areas of museum
  • Takes and maintains accurate inventory for museum shop
  • Oversees museum guest log and databases
  • Organizes museum mailings and email notifications
  • Assists guests with facility rentals including set up for events
  • Answers incoming calls and fields questions about the museum
  • Maintains file on auction items donated on behalf of the museum
  • Sends letters and manages correspondence to convention groups and other groups
  • Responsible for maintaining social media connections
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Qualifications & Abilities:

  • Degree seeking student in Art History, Anthropology, Fine Art, Education, Asian Studies or History. Some college preferred.
  • Working knowledge of current office software (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook); some graphic design useful.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a retail or customer service position; Museum experience preferred.
  • Any combination of skills or experience that pertain to the position
  • Professional attire required

 

2016 Belz Museum Summer Movie Series

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.

Volunteer @BelzMuseum !

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.

Operation support

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.

Events Support

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.

Special Projects

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.

Contact Museum Staff for more information: info@belzmuseum.org

Special Exhibit

Fall Exhibit 2016 - Available Starting August 15!


Educators

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.

Featured Piece

July, 2016

Adam and Eve

by Dani Kafri

2oth Century, Israel

Tour Operators

Tour Operators and Tour Guides

Special pricing is availabe to groups of 10 or more. Advanced reservations are required for a Docent-led tour.

Please click here for more information.

Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.