Mr. Jack Belz, chairman and CEO of Belz Enterprises, and his wife Marilyn, began collecting Asian art in 1968 when the couple wandered into an Asian art gallery in Los Angeles. After several years, their collection had grown significantly. It wasn’t until 1995 that the idea for a museum sparked. That year, Jack Belz had agreed to donate some of their collection to a temporary exhibition at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. The display was part of a complementary exhibit to the Wonders: Imperial Tombs of China exhibition taking place at the Cook Convention Center. By 1998 the foundation had been established and the museum was originally named Peabody Place Museum. Today, the collection at Belz Museum serves as a testament to their love of collecting.