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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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Hartford, Connecticut
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126 reviews 126 reviews
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Wandering through the cobble stone streets to find this hidden gem is quite worth the effort as you will see majestic architecture. The actual museum is filled with religious information and authentic ancient documents. It has several video presentations and will hold your interest quite nicely. Enjoy a delicious tea or coffee in the foyer too!

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Dublin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Chester Beatty Library is located in a beautiful building and has a great cafe too. Another wonderful free place to go

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

While this was not on our list of sites to see in Dublin, I'm glad we took a look see anyway. It is absolutely beautiful. Full of history and interesting displays from around the world.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

A fascinating collection drawn from all corners of the world and beautifully laid out. It is quite a contemplative space and is really not suitable for small children.

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Antwerp
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

the only score I can give to this place is 5+'s. this was nicer than the Louvre if you ask me. it was an exceptional exposition (20/09/2014). When there I was thinking: "Le Louve = artefacts, Chester Beatty Library = knowledge!". Do NOT miss this place. DO NOT leave Dubling without having vistited this library. It's not a compilation of... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

If you like collectibles like old books and papers, this place is unbeatable. Very impressive collection especially the A to Z exhibit and the Art of the Book exhibit. I recommend it but you do need to be into this kind of stuff. Its setting is nice too - behind the Dublin Castle on the Dublin Gardens.

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Newcastle upon Tyne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We find that Chester Beatty set an example of philanthropy that is admirable. He also set an example of how to go forward after adversity and sadness in one's personal life. The presentation of both permanent and temporary exhibitions is thoughtful and we really do not feel that there is any hype about it. Sometimes we wonder about the objects... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

This place has the same issue as many others: no photography allowed. It's disappointing for only that reason though. They have wonderful and informative exhibits here. I wish more people could learn while enjoying the beauty and peace of a place like this.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

the amount of books and texts available is incredible. don't miss. and it's free!! it's convenient, surrounded by nice grounds, lovely facilities for food and bathrooms!

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Beaminster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

So much to see. Very interesting exhibitions of ancient texts and books. A good addition to seeing the Book of Kells as there are lots of illustrated Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist texts.

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