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Chester Beatty, Dublin

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Chester Beatty houses a large collection of Islamic and Far Eastern artifacts, including manuscripts, prints, paintings, rare books, and decorative arts. Established in 1950 to store the vast collections of Alfred Chester Beatty, a well-known mining mogul, the library now attracts both serious scholars and amateur art lovers. The standout among the library's collection of over 20,000 objects is the "Gospel of Mani," the last remaining artifact of Manichaeism, an ancient belief system that originated in Persia. Start your self-guided tour by exploring the first-floor gallery about Beatty's life and career, and end your visit at the rooftop Japanese garden, which offers unrestricted views of the city's emblematic castle. Put Chester Beatty on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin trip planner.
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  • impressive museum with exhibits on different religions and their history with lots of artifacts but not Ireland specific. cute shop and cafe on the first floor. 
    impressive museum with exhibits on different religions and their history with lots of artifacts but not Ireland specific. cute shop and cafe on the first floor.  more »
  • Incredible collection and not so big that it’s tiring. Free (suggestion 5 euro donation). Worth stopping in to see. 
    Incredible collection and not so big that it’s tiring. Free (suggestion 5 euro donation). Worth stopping in to see.  more »
  • This is a wonderful, free museum full of artifacts one does not normally get to see. We enjoyed every bit of it. 
    This is a wonderful, free museum full of artifacts one does not normally get to see. We enjoyed every bit of it.  more »
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  • It is lovely to spend a late afternoon /early evening at the Chester Beatty. It opens til 8pm on Wednesdays. A fab bonus is the fact that The Silk Road Cafe is also open late!! Super food, well cooked by expert chefs!! The coffee is superb. ☕👌
  • Lovely little free museum (though you should give a donation - it's worth it). There are some free lockers as well for storing your backpacks/bags as well. Absolutely lovely collection with a knowledgeable staff - and a huge shout-out to Jesse! If you see him wandering around the first or second floors, ask him to show you around! You won't be disappointed!
  • This place is amazing! Literally cannot recommend it enough. Ask for Jesse and tell him to talk at you about things that excite him. You will not regret it. This collection is not advertised nearly well enough, it's OUTSTANDING.
  • Definitely the most interesting museum I’ve visited in Dublin, with a really cool collection of Asian (Persian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese) art and manuscripts. Definitely worth a visit. When we went there was an exhibition about Isfahan in Iran but I found the permanent collection was more interesting.
  • We happened upon this magnificent museum that I had not known about. WELL worth a visit. "With FREE admission and described by the Lonely Planet as 'not just the best museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe', the Chester Beatty is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year' and rated consistently in the top 5 of TripAdvisor’s list of ‘Top things to do in Dublin', the museum'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.

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