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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fabulous collection which combines a huge range of material from a number of cultures - well curated and quieter than we expected. The rooftop garden offers some serenity and excellent views, too.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 17, 2020

Although perhaps a little 'high brow' the collection which Sir Alfred Chester Beatty bequeathed to Ireland is absolutely amazing! You cannot fail to be impressed by the sheer intricacy of the manuscripts and art works. Its an excellent way to pass a few hours at any time of the day and there is no entrance charge.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed January 15, 2020 via mobile

This is an absolute gem. It houses all of, and beautifully displays some of, the vast collection of early manuscripts put together by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and given to the Irish nation in the 1950s. The parts of the collection on display include staggeringly lovely scrolls and codices from the middle and Far East and Europe. They include the earliest known manuscript of letter of St Paul to the Thessalonians, some sumptuous early Qu’rans and some quite breathtaking Chinese and Japanese painted scrolls. The collection is beautifully and informatively displayed in a brilliantly repurposed part of Dublin Castle. I was transported.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Philrost
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

On a recent trip to Dublin I revisited the Chester Beatty Library and was very moved by the wonderful exhibitions. It is a very calm place with low lighting but full of the most beautiful books and illustrations, mostly from Asia and the Middle East. Each display is a wonder by itself, but when they are all added up the sum is truly amazing. What is also great is that this is the collection of one man, Chester Beatty, and that he presented this collection to the Irish Nation. We were extra fortunate on our visit as we had a guide from the museum who gave us so much information. Jesse, was full of knowledge and was well able to pass this information in a lively way, without loosing the facts. His explanation of the amazing Dragon Robe was a wonder. The food in the cafe is great and don't miss out the roof garden.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank breandanoscanaill
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

A collection of priceless manuscripts and art. Collections from Asia and the Middle East were amazing. We saw second century manuscripts of the gospels and Pauline epistles. Beautiful Thailand folding books, Japanese, Chinese, Iranian paintings and books. Well worth a visit to see things you won’t see anywhere else. Also nice little cafe and gift shop on site.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank britfan789
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