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Chester Beatty Library

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Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 1 407 0750
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty...
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.
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My sister and I went to the Chester Beatty library not really knowing what to expect. We had just seen the Dublin Castle and wanted something else to see in the area. We found a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

My sister and I went to the Chester Beatty library not really knowing what to expect. We had just seen the Dublin Castle and wanted something else to see in the area. We found a suggestion to go to the Library so we decided to check it out. I was completely surprised at how awesome it was!! The whole library... More 

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

Forget the book of Kells - this is the place for bibliophiles. An amazing collection of primarily Eastern art, calligraphy, book binding and prints. Beautiful books, stunning Islamic and Chinese calligraphy, this place is a gem. Just outside are the Dubhlin Gardens and within is the Silk Road café, which is very nice.

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Naas, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very interesting venue and educational as the change exhibitions on a regular basis. Lovely small cafe for lunch. Reasonably priced

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We had only an hour here last Sunday. Unfortunately time in Dublin was running out for us but we did manage to get here just before 4 PM. We joined a guided walk led by a fabulous, interesting and knowledgeable man. He guided us to the main galleries and filled us with wonder at the amazing treasures in the Chester... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Very nice displays! Only complaint is their rule of no photography! What would it hurt if people took pictures of these awesome writings! It's important for me to take photos of things I see and do on vacation. And I really like to share them with my friends. I go all this way to another country and see cool things... More 

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Burnt Hills, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This museum shows part of the collection of Beatty, a magnate at the turn of the century. Many artifacts of writing, etchings, woodcuts, etc are on display. Emphasis on quality. Fragments of religious writings of several sects are displayed on the second floor. Some of the detail in the art is amazing.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Very well organized and presented collection of ancient manuscripts and books from all over the world (China, India, Middle East, Europe). Amazing examples of ancient and medieval artifacts. Well worth visiting. Free of charge (but I recommend to make a small donation to this wonderful institution)

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Madison, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

What I went to see were the ancient Egyptian papyrus fragments of Paul's Epistles, and a tiny fragment of the Gospel of John, dating to 150-200 A.D. This was just an unbelievable experience. There is a very eclectic collection of artifacts from other religions: Islamic, East Asian, Armenian, etc., all beautifully displayed. This is a 'must see' in Dublin.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

smashing Japanese exhibition presented in a beautiful calm surroundings beside Dublin Castle, well worth a visit.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We expected to spend about 10 minutes to satisfy our curiosity, but spent hours among the really remarkable exhibits of very rare fragments of ancient books and writings. At that, we only scratched the surface. Fascinating!

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Address: Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 1 407 0750
Location: Europe  >  Ireland  >  Province of Leinster  >  County Dublin  >  Dublin>  > South City Centre
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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