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Chester Beatty Library

Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
353 1 407 0750
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Ranked #8 of 276 attractions in Dublin
Type: Libraries, Museums
Owner description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of... more » Owner description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002. « less
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Deanshanger, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Well laid out with plenty of interesting artefacts and good facilities. Staff were friendly and knowledgeable too.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very interesting little museum. Especially the exhibition about book making was interesting. The museum is calm, dark and cold. Perfect for a small break if the sun is too strong.

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NJ USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We spent 2+ hours alone on the "Art of Books" exhibit. My 12 year old daughter who devours books and loves history read every line of every panel and insisted we go back again to see the "Sacred Traditions" exhibit on the top floor. The illuminated manuscripts and book covers are beautiful, fascinating and thoughtfully presented. One of the best... More

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The collection of religious and Oriental art and scriptures is simply amazing. The building itself is very interesting, and the location off the park behind the Dublin Castle is easy to get to if you're doing the tourist thing in central Dublin. If you're just casually interested you'll still find yourself highly impressed by all that is presented. If you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Displaying some incredibly rare manuscripts and books.... the Chester Beatty Library is a wonderful addition to Dublin. With Dublin now officially designated as a UNESCO City of literature, this museum compliments our status even further. With an impressive collection of spiritual and religious artefacts I found that I learned a lot about world religions and cultures that I previously didn't... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We had to rush through the Library and couldn't do it the justice it deserved. Loved the Beatty Papyrus!

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A fantastic museum which is free of charge and offers an amazing array of old books and art from all over the world especially islamic. The cafe food is also excellent and reasonably priced.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This museum was incredible-there were so many manuscripts, books, and paintings to see, that I just didn't have the time to do it justice. I'd recommend reserving 2 hours for this gem.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This is a great museum with free entry (Yoo Hoo no entry fees). It holds a lot of manuscripts and asian paintings & sculptures. It dis definitely worth a visit.

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Worth visiting ... they had a couple of different exhibitions while I was there. Admission is free. I found it interesting but I spent more time on the top floor which held an exhibition on various religions. There is a strict no photo policy. I saw a man taking photos with his smart phone and within seconds security arrived to... More

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