Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

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#6 of 320 in Museums in Ireland
Chester Beatty Library 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 Library on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin trip planner .
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  • We loved this little museum full of the most beautiful Japanese miniature drawings. Closely guarded by the hawkeyed guard, that made sure no one took any unlawful pictures. On the top floor there is a...  more »
  • Maybe not the biggest, but certainly unique library of Dublin. Embrace yourself in ancient and exotic manuscripts of east and from different cultures.  more »
  • Don't miss this! Fantastic library with everything from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to Chinese and Japanese manuscripts, Islamic Korans, Medieval illuminated Bibles. A real treasure!  more »
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  • Fantastic resource to have in Dublin. Free entry, and a wonderful rooftop garden. Lots of events and classes available. Some free or for a reasonable fee. The cafe food is delicious. Visit!
  • It's worth having a chat with someone who works here, because if we hadn't we wouldn't have discovered some of the amazing works on display at this museum. It's small otherwise, but there is definitely enough interesting artefacts here for someone interested in history to get behind.
  • Well worth a visit. Allow sufficient time considerably more to see than you'd first guess at. Little Gem in the heart of Dublin. Ps lovely food at the restaurant as well
  • Ancient manuscripts, papyri, and books. Not sure what the purpose is of these types of museums. Sort of like "look what we have". For the most part, they are not aethetically pleasing (scribblings on a scroll or a single page opened to a small illustration you can hardly see). Sure, historically these are important materials. I'm glad someone has them. But they hold no interest for me. In and out in 30 minutes. Free.
  • One of my favorite attractions we went to during a week in Dublin. There are some unusual artifacts and it is free. The café on the ground floor is VERY good and reasonably priced.

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