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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 #7 of 264 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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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

The Chester Beatty Library has some wonderful collections of rare ancient books, manuscripts & art from many parts of the ancient world & is said to be one of the best museums in Europe. It's housed in Dublin Castle which in it's own right is also well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Ok OK, the Book of Kells is pretty cool because it is intact and was found preserved in a bog, but as far as the beautiful art work of the pages, you really only get to see one page which is lame. The Chester Beatty Library on the other hand has hundreds of beautiful books with the same style of... More

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Randwick, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Chester Beatty Museum contains the collection of rare books and manuscripts donated to the Irish people by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). This is therefore a niche topic for a museum, but one exceptionally well done. Start with the video about the collection and man, who made a fortune from finding copper in them there hills, and then spent... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This is really interested cultural museum - ancient religious books and artefacts. Has a great cafe - the Silk Road Cafe - and a cool gift shop - classy souvenirs and nick nacks. There's a roof garden but don't tell everyone! It's Dublin's best kept secret.

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Brunei
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

When there after my tour of Dublin Castle as it's only at the back of the castle. I've only plan to go there for a quick browse since I don't really like reading but in the end I got stuck at the 1st floor until they close at 5pm. Never made it to the 2nd floor, will have to come... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

If you are in Dublin Castle area find your way to visit this library. On the third floor you'll find a great piece of Christian, Muslim and Buddhism history and writings. NO PICTURE TAKING THOUGH.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Some of the rarest books and manuscrippts and oriental art. Well worth a visit to clean and modern museum inside Dublin castle . Took Iranian friends there who were impressed by the Moghul art and the collection of ancient Korans and Persian artwork

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This museum is not to be missed! Its located close to Dublin Castle. Best time to visit is over lunch time and you can grab a bite in its nice cafe. Exhibits well worth a look, and they often have visiting exhibits as well which can add to the experience. A hidden gem!

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I had heard great things about this place and went along more to cross it off my list than anything else. Wow was I surprised. The place is very well laid out and I ended up spending lots of time there viewing amazing examples of books and art from different religious cultures. This is not a somber place but rather... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Unique collection of books and print covering thousands of years of our history in thinking, religion and skills

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