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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 #6 of 251 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources, Museums
Owner description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty...
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources, Museums
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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Belfast
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87 reviews 87 reviews
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

With a text from John at about 130 AD and Galatians dated 200 AD. This is a not to be missed book and manuscript museum. Massive collection, which is regularly rotated. The coffee shop serves amazing lunches.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Lots of history and some beautiful ancient books,and i dont do museums.The wife would have half a day if I wasnt with her.

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Vernon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Great exhibits!& so modern!So many interesting exhibits!! They also have a very good restaurant. Its in with the Dublin Castle so the grounds are really nice. Give yourself enough time to go thru this. At least 4 hrs.

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Connecticut
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This is an odd and amazing collection of mostly Asian art and history donated to Ireland by an American diplomat. Located next to Dublin Castle the free museum is truly worth a look for the high quality of the items -- which have no particular Irish relevance except for the high quality.

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

What an incredible collection! This free museum was definitely worth the visit. The gift shop was great too. In a lovely location, just beside the surrounding gardens of Dublin Castle.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great free place to visit located in the lovely grounds of Dublin Castle. It might not have the attractions of some of the other museums but its well-layed out and interesting.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Absolutely adored this place. Go here. It is not what you expect. We had the most wonderful experience walking around the exhibits. They were showing exhibits that were thousands of years old.

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Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We were advised to visit the library by the staff at Dublin Castle so we went straight to it (5mins around the corner to Dublin Castle) and we were so glad we did. You really do need to watch the video first to get an insight into Chester Beatty's life, he was an amazing person. The library is a tribute... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

First of all it is free. When thinking some other useless museums in Dublin (like Dublina) this is a hidden gem. Do not miss the place. They also have lockers at entrance so you can put your bagpacks to enjoy museum better. The collection inside is great and there is anice cafeteria at entrance level for a short break. Definetely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The Library is grand in scale and offerings. We wandered in, rather naively, because we knew the name and that it was a 'big deal.' But we were not disappointed in any way, except perhaps when the security guards poked fun at us for somehow managing to get sunburns while in Ireland. I guess we picked the right time to... More 

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