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 - May 28 – The Way of the Dragon – (1972; R) - A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them. - 99 mins.
Sunday – May 29 – Game of Death- (1978; R) - This film kicks off as a docudrama exploring the final years of Bruce Lee life, featuring all-new revealing interviews with those who worked with him. The second half is the unseen Game of Death footage in its explosive entirety– 100 mins.
Saturday – June 4 – Heaven and Earth - (1993; R) - Fleeing the violence of the Viet Cong, Le Ly leaves her farming village with her mother for Saigon. After disgracing herself by becoming pregnant with her new master's child, she moves in with her sister and, through hustling the American troops, meets up with Steve Butler. They become lovers and, encouraged by his promises, she agrees to return with him to the strange but wonderful land of "America". – 140 mins.
Sunday – June 5 – Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring - (2003; R) - On an isolated lake, an old monk lives on a small floating temple. The wise master has also a young boy with him who learns to become a monk. And we watch as seasons and years pass by. – 102 mins.
Saturday - June 11 – Gandhi - (1982; PG) - Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed. – 191 mins.
Sunday - June 12 – Letters from Iwo Jima - (2006; R) - The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. – 141 mins.
Saturday - June 18 – Howl’s Moving Castle - (2004; PG) - (Animated) When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle. – 119 mins.
Sunday - June 19 – My Neighbor Totoro - (1988; G) – (Animated) When two girls move to the country to be near their ailing mother, they have adventures with the wonderous forest spirits who live nearby.. – 86 mins.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Cloisonne Monkey with a Peach
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.