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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Current Events / News
Closed for Rosh Hashana (October 3 and 4)
Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, literally "head [of] the year") is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah (Hebrew: יוֹם תְּרוּעָה), literally "day [of] shouting/blasting", sometimes translated as the Feast of Trumpets. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of introspection and repentance that culminates in the Yom Kippur holiday, also known as the Day of Atonement. Rosh Hashanahand Yom Kippur are the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion.
Closed for Yom Kippur (October 12)
Yom Kippur is "the tenth day of [the] seventh month" (Tishrei) and is regarded as the "Sabbath of Sabbaths". Rosh Hashanah (referred to in the Torah as Yom Teruah) is the first day of that month according to the Hebrew calendar. On this day forgiveness of sins is also asked of God. Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement—is considered the most important holiday in the Jewish faith. Falling in the month of Tishrei (September or October in the Gregorian calendar), it marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe, a period of introspection and repentance that follows Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.
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.
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.
Contact Museum Staff for more information: email@example.com
Spring Exhibit 2017 - Available Starting January 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.
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.