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“Amazing”

Chester Beatty Library
Ranked #22 of 573 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as 'not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe,' the Chester Beatty Library is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year', the library's rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Winter Hours: The Museum will be closed on Mondays from November through February
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Lockers / storage
Reviewed February 11, 2013

A world class, small but perfectly formed collection ! Some of the pieces are astonishing for their age and beauty. If you come to Dublin don't miss this and its free !

Thank globertraveller
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

This is a lovely collection of manuscripts, books and other items housed in a very nicely modernised space in the grounds of Dublin Castle. Outside is a very beautiful and peaceful garden.

There are some really interesting Asian and middle eastern pieces and, as I write, a good temporary exhibition of Chester Beatty's collection of paintings. The curators take a serious (though not dry) approach to the job in hand and I like the fact that there is no attempt to force you to think in a particular way about any of the exhibits. I did spot a couple of 'schoolboy howlers' on a couple of the description cards for things I was familiar with, which always makes me wonder about the accuracy of information on things I don't know anything about! However, the whole approach, atmosphere and pleasure of visiting more than balanced this out. The top floor exhibit of manuscripts, artefacts, music and film from the great religions is well done and the fragments of 3rd to 5th century bible texts mind blowing in their age and the effect they have had on biblical scholarship.

This is the collection of a passionate man, beautifully presented

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Reviewed February 4, 2013

This is a hidden gem of a museum, free admission and don't forget to try the Silk Road for some exceptional food. Check that it is open before you go cause if there are any european dignitaries in Dublin the castle grounds might be closed to the public.

1  Thank DublinCasey999
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

I had never heard of this place before my daughter and I visited Ireland and I can't understand why! It is magnificent--the greatest collection of illustrated manuscripts in the world. I realize many people just go to Ireland for the scenery and the beer, but there is this amazing cultural treasure in Dublin that should be on every historian's list of places to visit.

Thank sandyhenn
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

I took a friend here as she'd heard about the library and some of the old texts they have. We had a really good browse round. I hadn't been for thirty years but I wasn't disappointed neither.

Thank LC67Lancs
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