Tucked quietly away behind Dublin Castle is this absolute treasure of a place. If you miss it, you've missed a lot! Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete this amazing collection - all the result of the collecting activities of one man — Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day. There is NO admission, and you may have to poke about for a little bit to find it (there is signage, but like a lot of Ireland, it's a little ambiguous), but once there, you'll realize that it was worth the search. Give yourself plenty of time; you'll want to linger. There is a tea shop nearby for snacks and toilets are conveniently located.
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