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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 281 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 August 27, 2014 NEW

A very pleasant surprise after the long waiting for the overcrowded Book of Kells and even free entrance. Very impressive collection presented in a very attractive way.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Truly a special, amazing place to visit. A must to see.Something not to be missed, need at least a half day to fulfill your appetite

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

A beautiful collection from a generous and educated man which simbolizes the spirit of irish people : culture is worth only if it is shared. Nices oriental pieces for who is interested of every religion. The guardians are nice enough to keep your luguages during the visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This library / museum is great for this who like the eastern history, it is full of nice calligraphy for languages like Arabic, Chinese and Japanese, and many art shapes of the east.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Please note this is note huge museum but has the following: Albrecht Durer originals, thousands of years old ancient irish books, spectacular Japanese and Indian scrolls and paintings, a decent small gift shop with different prints for sale every month, and an award winning cafe.... Well worth blowing 2 hrs here and grabbing a top notch lunch. Not tough to... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This small museum is free. Almost everything on display is a manuscript. Not a museum for small children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

I found this museum utterly breathtaking and completely mesmerizing. Had it not been recommended, we may have overlooked it completely. Tucked in behind Dublin Castle, the treasures it houses are immense. The sheer scale of what is on display takes a bit of time to comprehend. The religious pieces alone are of such importance & I felt honored to be... More

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Oxford, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was a great place with two exhibits I found interesting: one on books/book making and one on world religions. There were several interesting artifacts and interesting information presented. Best of all it was free! Worth a stop.

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Chester Beatty is without doubt one of the finer locations for enjoying 'high' cultural Arts. Nestled snugly within Dublin Castle it's a pleasant and interesting attraction to navigate to - this in itself providing some points of historical and cultural interest. The Library is primarily known as being one developed and collected privately over many years and subsequently made... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I only stumbled into this "library" because I was wandering around the castle - so glad I went in. The books, artifacts and paintings are superb. Well organized and displayed, beautiful pieces, interesting variety and diversity. I'd love to back for a second visit and spend more time.

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