Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.7/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
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. Make Chester Beatty Library a centerpiece of your Dublin vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Dublin travel itinerary planner.
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  • Extraordinary manuscripts, ancient texts, and rare books. The bibliophile inside me was in heaven here. Just inside the Dublin Castle grounds, this free museum (donations appreciated) is world class. ...  read more »
  • Wonderful exhibition of ancient manuscripts and objects of different civilizations, an impressive collection
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  • Located within the surroundings of the castle of Dublin has a magnificent exhibition on different religions. It is very didactic and gathers bibliographical jewels.
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  • Very impressive collection of old illustrated books from all over the world. Maybe even too much of them. Presentation of the books is very well done and accompanied by some explanation of the historical context of importance of the illustrations. Best of all: it's free admission but donations are appreciated.
  • Only a small part of the collection is ever on show, but if there's only one museum or gallery you can visit while you're in Dublin it's this or the National Museum. A collection of Oriental and Arabic art the like of which you won't find anywhere else. Magnificent.
  • The collection at this library is fascinating. It was amazing to see some of the oldest known papyruses of Bible transcriptions. It's also an incredibly interesting study of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism. There's also a great deal of rare art that was wonderful to explore. Definitely worth a trip!
  • Nice, free public Library. A lot of details about the history of calligraphy, for every culture. Lot of ancients beautiful Books. There also is also a lot of space dedicated to religions, their history, the books and images they rely on, their principles.. Really interesting, a lot of stuff to learn.
  • Definitely worth a visit. Entry is free and the artifacts are beautiful. Tip: Visit the roof garden on a sunny day for a lovely view. They also often do Tai Chi so check out some of their classes as the setting is just wonderful.
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