Friday, April 6, 2018

Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art

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  The quality and quantity of this collection of Asian art is simply stunning. Intricately carved mammoth tusks, large carved jade ships, cloisonnĂ© vases, and colorful embroidered robes are just a few of the objects on display. The Judaic galleries include a tribute to Holocaust victims and personal stories of survivors of the Nazi occupation of Europe. Admission is inexpensive so this is a must see for everyone (except small children because it would be hard to keep little hands from exploring).

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  The collection has been donated by Jack  Belz, and his wife, Marilyn.  Belz is the CEO of a commercial real estate business and is responsible for the revitalization of downtown Memphis, in particular the Peabody Hotel. The location of the museum is a little odd. It’s in the basement level of a building shared with other businesses. I believe the building is owned by Belz Enterprises which would account for the location of the museum.

  The museum is accessible. Follow the signs to find the elevators.

  The rates at the parking lots near the museum are high but if you can fit in the garage the museum will validate your ticket for a discount. Cheaper and free parking is available in the lots on Riverside Drive but the walk up the hill to the museum is steep. Museum  35.14185, -90.05444

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