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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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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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Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Loads of information on papermaking, calligraphy, illumination & bookbinding plus Beatty's enormous collection of art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

This library has an amazing collection of artifacts and books. The show we saw A to Z from their collection was amazing! Beautiful building and sweet location off the gardens at Dublin Castle. Worth the effort to find!

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Fascinating; The content is very unique and not only is the museum in a great location, it's relatively small compared to other museums so not too overwhelming to try and see it all.

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Reading, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I won't repeat what others have said about the breadth of the collections, but just comment that they are all well displayed and explained. If you are at all interested in Asian cultures and history this is a must. In my opinion it lives up to its claim to be amongst the best collections in Europe. As a bonus it... More

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London, UK.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

With all the world's major religions represented, the early illuminated manuscripts exhibition was well presented, very informative and fascinating.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

No charge, beautiful displays! Watch the video on the first floor and then explore the second and third floors. Included a cafe and gift shop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Likely the most under-rated museum in Europe. I love the Chester Beatty. It is a beautiful museum, located at Dublin Castle, full of the incredible artefacts and collections of the philanthropist Chest Beatty. If you go, don't rush through it. It is a place to be savored. Stunning.

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Newtownards, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is a hidden gem in the centre of Dublin it is well worth a visit. They have so munch to offer from the past you could spend at least half a day just browsing the many religious and cultural artifacts. The best way to glean the background and information is to book a guide to take you round... More

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Vancouver, B.C.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

We were very impressed with this collection. On display is a selection of ancient religious texts and artifacts from Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Particularly impressive were the fragments of the Christian gospels from the 3rd century. To me, this was more impressive than the Book of Kells. Best of all, admission is free. You need to put backpacks in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

An unexpected highlight of our visit to Dublin - part library, part museum. I was still glad to have seen the Book of Kells at Trinity, but Chester Beatty has SO much more to offer in the way of illuminated texts, religious & cultural artifacts. The collection is well-curated and well-marked with interesting explanation plaques. It's hard to believe that... More

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