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“A must-see” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library
Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
353 1 407 0750
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Ranked #5 of 218 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Libraries, Museums, Cultural
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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.
Geneva, Switzerland
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“A must-see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

The Library, and don't be fooled by the title it is much more than a library, is one of the most interesting and beguiling places to visit in Dublin. The range of contents from Mughal miniatures, Koranic manuscripts, Buddhist and Taoist statuary, Japanese art, leather book bindings and Christian illuminated manusripts is staggering. So is the world-class quality... All for free. How is the place not crowded out the doors, located so conveniently in the heart of the Dublin Castle complex - itself worth visiting ? There are one hour guided tours that are well worth taking. Ours was led by Dr Heidi who was a model: knowledgeable, enthusiastic and humorous. Always willing to respond to questions or particular interests of her audience. She shared the love of the Library that is a hallmark of so many of the staff. As we went around after the tour, a guard gave us a quick introduction to the netsuke collection. Don't forget the excellent in-house restaurant at the end of your visit

Visited February 2014
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“Great exhibition”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

A superb collection of ancient scripts and art from all over the world. The highlights for me were the fragments of New Testament writings. The way the exhibition is laid out is very inviting, each section carefully explained and put into context. And amazingly enough it's free entry - but I think you will want to make a donation. A cultral highlight in Dublin.

Visited February 2014
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“Enthralling!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

Have promised myself a trip here for the longest time, so when a rare opportunity to get up to Dublin for a few hours on my own, it was top of the list. A lovely man greeted me at reception and helpfully explained the layout of the museum and what was where. I was thrilled to catch the exhibition of Parisian fashion plates, which were delightful. The books themselves though are mesmerising. The scope and period of history they capture has to make it one of the most important collection of books in the world. I loved taking my time wandering around and feel grateful to have gained the experience. Will be back with the children in tow!

Visited February 2014
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“Wonderful place to Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

We loved this place and will return to spend longer next time. Amazing little artefacts and so well laid out. The Silk Road Cafe is fabulous and I only wish we had been hungrier. I loved their choice of lovely dishes. My cup of Earl Grey with a piece of Baklava was heaven..

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“Ok to pass time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stumbled of this place after visiting the castle. I can't say it was that interesting and didn't have much to look at. I don't really like books etc so was wasted on me however if you have done all of dublins attractions and need 1 more this will do.

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