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Chester Beatty Library

Address: Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
Phone Number: 353 1 407 0750
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Ranked #5 of 218 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Libraries, Museums, Cultural
Owner description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty...
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Type: Libraries, Museums, Cultural
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I had never heard of him, but it was raining and it was free. What a guy! An American who changed nationality to British, and had a huge collection of everything. Also a philanthropist, who left endowments to fight cancer in his adopted country. I had to go back the next day to see more as I got talking to... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

On our trip to Dublin our guide Shane from Angel Tours Dublin seemed to just know everything about this place, we had never heard of it. He spent an hour here with us before we moved onto Dublin castle itself. Truly one of the most amazing places in Dublin.

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Barcelona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

One of the best places to visit in Dublin. I spent there more then 3 hours. Highly recommended if you are interested in libraries

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Prints from Eastern Asia and Middle East, which make this museum absolutely unique and charming in every way.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Really great collection of things. Very interesting. The passages of the bible were incredible to see.

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Venice, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

What an interesting little museum! Just behind Dublin Castle, this contains a fascinating collection of manuscripts, documents and books, as well as art representing a wide array of world religions. The museum is free, and you can devote as much or as little time as you'd like. A highlight are samples from some of the oldest existing gospels.

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Brooklyn, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

It was a beautiful collection for those interested in Asian art and history. There some interesting artifacts.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The fragments on display here are an absolutle must for Bible students, on display are some texts from 250ce. Go here and allow for lots of time within this display as you will want to digest what's on show. See papyrua fragments of several of the Greek scripture books. Lots of history of non Christian religions which shows the start... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

At first when I heard about this place i dismissed it thinking it would be just a library with a lot of books stacked up together. What is on display however is a collection of books and artifacts from all over the world including manuscripts from the very first Christian bibles found in Egypt dating from the 3rd century AD.... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

The quantity and quality of the early Christian and Muslim manuscripts were impressive. Explanations were understandable and provided a rich history lesson. Well worth an afternoon.

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