Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

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Key Info

119 South Main St., Concourse Level

Price & Hours

$6 for adults; $4 for students; free for kids 5 and younger
Tues-Fri 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.|Sat-Sun Noon-5 p.m.

Details

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At 24,000 square feet, the Belz Museum displays more than 1,400 objects across five permanent galleries. Three of these house Asian art, much of which dates back to the Qing Dynasty of China (1644 to 1911). The fourth exhibit features contemporary Judaic pieces, and the fifth serves as the Holocaust Memorial Gallery. The museum is unofficially known as the "Jade Museum" due to its extensive collection of jade sculptures.

Recent visitors have called the Belz Museum a "hidden gem" in Memphis, noting that the impressive collection of Asian art rivals even exhibits in China itself. They said that the mixture of Judaic and Asian art is unusual but spectacular, and that the Holocaust Memorial Gallery left them speechless. Many travelers said this museum is not to be missed and that it was more than worth the cost of entry. However, some museumgoers did note that this is probably not the best thing to do with young children, as the Holocaust exhibit can be heavy and young kids may become bored. 

The Belz Museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Located in the heart of downtown Memphis, the museum is just one block west of The Peabody Memphis and walking distance from Beale Street. It is accessible via the Main Street trolley line, or visitors can park at the Tower Garage and get their tickets validated at the museum. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for students and free for children 5 and younger. The last ticket is sold one hour prior to closing, and self-guided audio or written tours can be purchased for $3 to complement your visit. For more information, see the Belz Museum website.

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