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“Hidden treasure”
Review of Marsh's Library

Marsh's Library
Ranked #35 of 507 things to do in Dublin
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Owner description: One of Dublin's most beautiful tourist attractions. An unspoiled gem right in the heart of the city. Established in 1707, Marsh's Library is a wonderfully preserved library of the early Enlightenment complete with its original oak bookcases. Visitors often comment on the wonderful smell of the old bookcases and books.The library contains over 25,000 rare and interesting books relating to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, covering medicine, law, science, travel, navigation, mathematics, music, and classical literature. There is also some material of a very scurrilous nature. Every year an exhibition of rare and curious items is presented from the holdings of the Library. The current exhibition is '1916: Tales from the Other Side', exploring minority experiences of 1916 and the years that followed.
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“Hidden treasure”
Reviewed January 23, 2013 via mobile

As the title says, this is a hidden treasure in Dublin for booklovers. Amazing to see the library as it was 300 years ago. Fascinating exhibitiions and friendly staff.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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“Lovely place to visit”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

If you are a fan of old books, this is a great place to visit. The person looking after the place was so passionnate and helpful, would recommend to books lovers.

Visited January 2013
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“Library says it”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

Interesting place but it is a library & not more. Cost is E2.50 & really not worth the price unless you are really into old books to see but not touch. Well kept with pleasant staff however.

Visited January 2013
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Hidden Treasure”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Set behind the grand St Patrick's Cathederal lies a treasure - Marsh's Library - overwhelming in its content and history set so humbly off the beaten track.A 'not to be missed' delight just for the building itself never mind its historic content.

Visited April 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“A Very Special Place”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

I visited this wonderful library on 3 January 2013, and I must say I was impressed not only by the library itself, but also by the staff that I encountered, beginning with the simply delightful fellow at the front door - I think he was the nicest man I have ever met in my life! The "Marvels of Science" exhibit is what led me to visit, which did not disappoint. I was able to view so many of the writiings and illustrations that the scientists of the Enlightenment (and their predecessors) risked their lives and reputations to publish. The wealth of knowledge that this library houses is mind-boggling, and the staff is so very willing to assist you in any way possible. I am so happy that I made the effort to visit, and I will enjoy seeing their daily "page" postings both on their website and their facebook page on an on-going basis. If and when I return to Dublin, I will definitely visit again. Do include this on your list of "must-sees" in Dublin.

Visited January 2013
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