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Chester Beatty Library

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Neighborhood: South City Centre
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Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
Phone Number: 353 1 407 0750
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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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Beautiful rare illuminated books on display.

This was an amazing display of beautiful rare books and manuscripts. These are usually stored away in special rooms available only for scholars to view. Its wonderful that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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New Sharon, Maine
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New Sharon, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This was an amazing display of beautiful rare books and manuscripts. These are usually stored away in special rooms available only for scholars to view. Its wonderful that these books can be seen. As a librarian who studied rare books,I was enthralled by this beautiful collection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Nice spot to be on a rainy day. Interesting book exiibition and lovely cafe' in a nice srchitectonical environment. Close to Dublin Castle

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

I went here because I read that it was for free and was even more surprised about all the interesting books and artefacts of the exhibition. If you have time and if you are planning to take some pictures of the Dublin Castle anyhow you can check out this beautiful and calm library which is around the corner.

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I could not believe what a strange and interesting collection this was... I debated going since the collection of books and artifacts does not have much to do with Dublin per se, but it's well worth the visit for a few reasons. First, you can do the visit within about an hour (more time if you like to read and... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not sure if some tours charge but ours was free and was excellent. I'd been there before without the tour and was a little underwhelmed. But the tour is great to get you introduced to the exhibits and helps to make sense when you wander round after. Very interesting to see. Very nice cafe too with good food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Wonderful collection of an American mining engineer. Wonderful cafe'! The displays were very informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This was one of the most fascinating museums we went to and not nearly as hyped as the Book of Kells or some other historical sites/museums in Dublin. Entrance was free when we visited in April 2009, and the collection was unparallelled. Amazing illustrated texts and art from every religious tradition imaginable and some you wouldn't imagine. One of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I took a guided visit, and the guide really managed to take me in time and picture the stories behind the art. I loved it and I would do it again. I was a pity that the security guy sent us away 10 minutes befor the closing, and we didn´t finish the tour.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A must if you're interested in oriental art and writing. A superb collection donated by Chester Beatty to the people of Ireland and that anyone from anywhere in the world can enjoy for free. Make a little effort and take a few steps away from the beatten touristy path and find it in the heart of Dublin. It's short, sweet,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a wonderful museum with a collection from Chester Beatty including Islamic, Mughal and perhaps most important, early Christian documents dating back as far as the 3rd Century. There are 3 floors and probably I missed some thingsl.

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