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“Hidden Gem in the heart of Downtown” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art

Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
Ranked #15 of 152 things to do in Memphis
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Owner description: Admission prices: $6 adult, $5 senior, $4 student. Free if 5 years old or under.
Memphis, Tennessee
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75 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem in the heart of Downtown”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2014

Being a life long resident of Memphis you sometimes don't realize what you have in your own town. This was the case when we visited the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art. It is truly a hidden gem and you almost feel like an explorer when you go into the Concourse level of the old Goldsmith's Dept. store now known as Peabody Place. Although you are in what is considered the basement level you are transported to a world of truly priceless works of art. As the name implies you will see primary Asian art from vases to robes, worn by the royalty, to jade sculptures that are so detailed you are amazed at how they were carved. A large portion of this art is from the Qing Dynasty and gives you a glimpse of the beauty of how they lived and died. There is also a sizable area of Judaic Art on the other side of the museum assembled by the Belz family along with a Holocaust memorial which is informative but haunting.

There are other items from Russian to European to Italian art and artwork on display for you to view and enjoy. You soon forget that you have gone below ground level into what was the bargain basement of a former dept. store and are taken to another time and place.

The admission price is incredibly low although the gift shop is minimal in what it offers to sell. It is worth the visit by anyone from this city or visiting.

Visited August 2014
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Decatur, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

Very nice museum - an interesting mix of Asian and Judaic art and relics. Very reasonable admission and worth every penny.

Visited August 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Surprising visual feast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2014 via mobile

I couldn't believe how much there was to see in a basement! All beautiful. The holocaust exhibit was also very moving.

Visited August 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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160 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Very interesting place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a surprisingly good museum, although an odd combination of Judaic and Asian work. The exhibits were well placed and very unique. The staff was helpful. The asian art was exceptionally beautiful and exquisite. There was no one else in the museum, which made it real nice. Very good value for the low entry fee.

Visited July 2014
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Chambery, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in Memphis !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2014

A hidden gem in Memphis ! Take a close look at the Asian Art pièces. Jade, ivory, silk.... The sculptures are so delicate U won't believe your eyes.

Visited March 2014
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