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“Chester Beatty Library”

Chester Beatty Library
Ranked #22 of 575 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: Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed April 26, 2013

This is a hidden gem of Dublin. Chester Batty collected a number of rare and exceptional documents, books and art work which he donated to the Republic of Ireland. Entrance is free and the cafe offers a number of Greek and Mediterranean foods. The berry crumble was delicious! The library is just off the gardens of Dublin Castle and is geared to an older audience. Allow at least 1 1/2 hours to enjoy this amazing place.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

This Museum is a little gem in the city. Great permanent collection and their temporary exhibitions are always worth a look. The current exhibition of paintings which were donated Chester Beatty to the National Gallery of Ireland is a real treat. Any visitor to Dublin looking for an interesting museum /gallery to visit should not miss this.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

What an amazing place! First, let us note that this amazing place is free. It has two floors of exhibits of ancient tomes, illuminated manuscripts, papyrus, and other art of the written word, from Japan, China, the Islamic world, and Europe. If you like history or books, you will LOVE this place. What a treat!

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

I was often in Dublin, but never went to see this museum. What a mistake! This is such a nice and interesting experience.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Stumbled across this by accident and we were so glad we did. Chester Beatty is an excessive hoarded of wonderful artefacts; there are many ancient books in Arabic, Persian and Japanese. One of the world's smallest books are there. You really should take an hour or two to look around here on the way from the castle. It is free and worth visiting.

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