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The Museum will be closed Saturday, October 4.

Sundown Friday starts Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people.  Its central themes are atonement and repentance.

The Museum will be open again
Sunday, October 5, 2014 12 – 5 pm

Please come and visit us then.

The Belz Museum is gearing up for

the Year of the Goat!

We would like for you to encourage all Shelby County students in grades K - 12 to participate in the Chinese New Year art contest. This is a great opportunity to be creative while learning about the Chinese culture. Students will be asked to create a work of art, depicting a goat and Chinese cultural symbolism, to honor this vibrant New Year.Prizes and certificates will be awarded!

DEADLINE to submit artwork: January 23, 2015.

The art will be displayed in the museum starting January 25, 2015. Visitors to the museum who wish to vote on the artwork will receive $1.00 off admission. Only one vote per person allowed. Voting for the contestants will end February 21, 2015.

Print the entry form, fill out, and attach to the back of art work before submitting.

Download Entry Form:The Goat Expresses Life 2015 (3).pdf



On Saturday, September 27th, the Belz Museum will present a showing of The Monuments Men FREE for the public. 

Show Times: 12:30pm, 2:45pm 

The Monuments Men (2014)(PG-13) Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on an unlikely World War II platoon, tasked by FDR with going into Germany to rescue artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their rightful owners. It would be an impossible mission: with the art trapped behind enemy lines, and with the German army under orders to destroy everything as the Reich fell, how could these guys - seven museum directors, curators, and art historians, all more familiar with Michelangelo than the M-1 - possibly hope to succeed? But as the Monuments Men, as they were called, found themselves in a race against time to avoid the destruction of 1000 years of culture, they would risk their lives to protect and defend mankind's greatest achievements. (118 min.)

The Belz Museum Gives History a Face: Opening of the Holocaust Memorial Gallery

Holocaust Memorial Gallery

The years between 1933 and 1945 witnessed the systematic torture and annihilation of over ten million people under Nazi Germany and its collaborators across Europe and Asia. An estimated six million of those murdered were Jews, including over one million children.  These twelve years of mass imprisonment and slaughter reduced the pre-World War II Jewish population of nine million by two-thirds. Hitler’s attempt at complete genocide is known as the Holocaust.

In order to successfully exterminate the Jews and other “undesirables,” such as disabled citizens, homosexuals, the Romani and other ethnic minorities, prisoners of war, and any opponents to Nazi law, Hitler required an elaborate network of facilities. Strategically located ghettos and concentration camps were placed throughout Germany and Nazi controlled Europe. These camps were used for internment, transfer, labor, POWs, and extermination, among other purposes. Most Jews perished within the camps, but the fortunate few who lived share harrowing tales of betrayal, loss, grief, faith, luck, strength, endurance, and survival.

The Belz Museum’s new Holocaust Memorial Gallery gives visitors a rare opportunity to come face to face with Jewish survivors of the Holocaust via portraits and testimonials from the “Living On” exhibit. The photographer worked with the Tennessee Holocaust Commission to give voice to the survivors, refugees, and liberators now living in Tennessee. These faces reveal not only their own stories, but the stories of loved ones who did not survive to be heard. Other displays in the gallery: Jewish ghetto currency, photographs of Jews in concentration camps, sculptures and artwork, World War II information panels and timeline, and other personal memorabilia work in conjunction to provide insight about the willful cruelty and ignorance Jews faced during this dark period in time.

The gallery’s purpose is not to memorialize the Holocaust as a whole tragedy, but rather to share with visitors the personal tragedies and experiences of these individuals, which ultimately define the Holocaust. One day, these witnesses will no longer be available to share their first-hand knowledge with the rest of the world. The Holocaust Memorial Gallery has been created to connect all generations; for each successive generation will face the responsibility of bearing witness. While individual experiences may seem insignificant to the greater world, human beings seek connection and understanding; thus shared struggles lead to the discovery that what haunts one haunts us all. However, not forgetting the ghosts of the past can also give the world hope. With this in mind, the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art wishes to show its support for all the Holocaust survivors and refugees, and their families, around the world.


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Unique Asian Snacks

Find the time to sit in our cafe area, browse the surrounding art and enjoy our unique Asian snacks and teas! Be daring! Come try something new!

We have the very popular Hawthorn berry rolls, Lychee Jello cups, and perserved plums! Each month be sure to check for new Asian snacks being added to the selection.

Facebook and Twitter

Check out our Facebook and Twitter pages! The Belz Museum posts general facts about Chinese and Judaic history and culture, gift shop sales and information about some of the museum's art collection.

Check it out on Tuesdays and Fridays!

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Educator's Corner

EDUCATORS, Please visit our educators page and plan a visit to our museum.

We would love to help make Asian and Jewish art and culture something special for your students!

Guided tours for students:

Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more students in 1st through 12th grade, Tuesdays through Fridays. Groups must be accompanied by at least one adult chaperone for every 12 students.

Due to space limitations, only 25 students will be assigned to a docent and permitted in the galleries at one time. Advanced reservations are required.

Trained docents will lead students on a 45 minute guided tour of the permanent collection. Not only will students study art appreciation, they will also be introduced to the folklore and symbolism of China. A hands-on activity or gallery hunt will be offered to qualified groups (size and age range of the group will determine availability).

Allow at least one hour for tour and activity.

Tours can be tailored to fit individual class needs. When scheduling a tour, please mention your students’ background on Jewish or Chinese art, history or language.

If interested in incorporating the Judaic gallery to learn about Jewish culture, please mention this to a staff member during reservation!

Tour Guides and Operators

The Belz Museum is always happy to have tour groups of all sizes visit.

Adult and student group tours are available
Tues.- Fri. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Reservations required a week in advance.
Group rates available for groups of 10 or more.

Emperor's Lunch:

Tour and Chinese box lunch: $12.00

The Emperor's Lunch is designed for 10 - 80 people, seated in the Dynasty Room. Reservations should be made no later than one week before desired date.

- Teachers are welcome to book an Emperor's Lunch for their students. -

Please allow 1 hour and a half up to 2 hours for the Emperor's Lunch.

Call or email the museum for a Reservation Packet with menu options.

        phone: (901) 523-2787

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