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.
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