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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 #9 of 279 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Any description of this library/museum will not do it justice or describe the awe and amazement you will feel from visiting fabulous collection of books from Asia by the wealthy mining magnate. Take your time to absorb the beautifully crafted books and the stories they tell. And yes, the religious section gave me huge insight into their origins, but also... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We were in Dublin for a couple of days and the weather was awful, so we were looking for activities in doors. We discovered the Chester Beatty Library, what a fantastic collection of rare books, many of them religious. It was fascinating! As a history and comparative religions teacher, I found this visit perfect. I got to see books I... More

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great museum with every sort of book ever created by man. So many cultures are represented. There are books made on bark, papyrus, parchment...covers in jade, gold leaf and more. So many languages represented as well. I enjoyed this very much. My one complaint is that the brochure lists the closing time at 5:30p,, rather than 5:00pm, which they go... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We (two adults, one teenager) were just walking around Dublin and saw the billboard and decided to visit. What a wonderful exhibit of rare books. Memorable...part of the fun of visiting a new major city.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is probably the best small museum I have been to…My guide in Dublin took me to this "library" but after spending a couple of hours in it, I was so impressed I declared it a 'museum'. It was a 'visual feast' for me - I loved this kind of exhibits. It is an art museum filled with rare books... More

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Senoia, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A free museum and houses an incredible collection of ancient manuscripts. We especially liked the Biblical manuscripts, on papyrus, many of which are some of the earliest written pieces known to man. It brings the history of the Bible to life....the most-read work in the history of mankind. Awesome!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Nice, little museum with fascinating historic items and very friendly staff. I wandered in, because I was walking past and entrance is free. What a pleasant surprise!

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I enjoyed this exhibit even more than the Book of Kells at Trinity College. It was free too while one paid a fee to see the Book of Kells. The Sacred traditions, Islamic collection and Asian art was fascinating. Clearly one of the top sights in Dublin, a MUST see. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours cruising... More

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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Do not miss this attraction - I repeat, do not miss. This collector of books and his personal private library stretch across the historical horizon of several centuries, countries and cultures. The fastidiousness of the collector resulted in saving hundreds and hundreds of books, papers, manuscripts that give a glimpse into the past including but not limited to ancient Greek,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Simply a remarkable collection of ancient artifacts from the mid and far east, especially rare books and religious pieces. And the food in the deli on the bottom floor was fantastic.

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