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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 289 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Libraries, Museums, Cultural
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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.
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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Visited the Library and Museum last time in Dublin. It is FREE, and one of the finest collections of Asian art, sculptures and artifacts in Ireland. A wonderful hour spent in a beautifully laid out, and understandable display of these priceless art work. I would definitely take the time to see this exhibit and of course, the Price is Right!!!!... More

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

We visited the library after we were recommended to go up to the roof garden for the views. Whilst browsing the A-Z collection we were approached by one of the library's staff who began to tell us about Chester Beatty and his collection. He was extremely enthusiastic, knowledgeable and obviously loved his job! Interesting to stop by if you have... More

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Cork, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

My visit to the Chester Beatty Library was fabulous. The illustrated manuscripts and jeweled and filigreed book covers were absolutely gorgeous, and the collections of religious artifacts was beautiful. Quite possibly my favorite museum in Dublin, including the lovely roof garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

East and west meet in the Chester Bettye library , a place of wonder and history , you need Time to see the collections and Enjoy what's on . Entery is free

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

A wonderful museum at the back of Dublin castle containing the trinkets and books brought back from travels of Chester Beatty.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

The exhibitions throughout the library are worth a visit if you're in Dublin and interested in culture, codices and history. The exhibited items guide you through history and take you back in time with their representative and informative presentation.

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Aylesbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit. Just a small part of this great collection. Historical artefacts at their best. Manuscripts, rare books, decorative arts. A great mix of cultures. You cannot be disappointed. To compliment it is the roof top garden.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Chester Beatty Library houses beautifully curated and presented displays of examples of items from various cultures mostly from the Far and Middle East and Europe, many of them with religious and cultural relevance. Many of them, as the title "Library" implies, are texts on scrolls, manuscripts and ancient books. The exhibition (taken from a massive collection, and rotated from... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Don't miss this museum and its collections. Wonderful location near Dublin Castle and government buildings. Rooftop provides some nice views - if you luck out on a clear day.

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Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Great collection of books, didn't expect it to be so extensive!Very well displayed One of the best things to do in dublin. I liked everything, the garden, the Castle, the library, the exhibition. Highly recommended.

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