Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

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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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  • If you are in to old rare books both religious and otherwise you could spend hours here! Also a Japanese at connection. We almost thought this was better than Book of Kells exhibit when speaking of ol...  more »
  • Chester Beatty's life story is incredible, and his collection is astounding. This library/museum is located near Dublin Castle. The collection of various religious documents/items is amazing. There ar...  more »
  • Tucked away behind Dublin Castle, this library/museum is a hidden gem. One doesn't expect to find ancient Hindu, Muslim, and Christian manuscripts in Dublin, but there is a fantastic collection here. ...  more »
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  • Visited by Chance when in Ireland and was very pleasantly surprised finding this place and seeing a great display on surimino prints. Free admission , a good scone and cuppa and held our interest for a good 2 hours. Great find!
  • Beautiful museum if you're interested in books and art. It's free but you are suggested to give an offer. Anyway you have to leave all your stuff outside (there are boxes).
  • Its free and has clean and free toilets. Also has a cafe and gift shop. Good Japanese and Chinese art. Lots of illustrated religious manuscripts from many different religions. If those are your interests then you'll love it
  • 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 Library 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 library'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. ADMISSION IS FREE Opening Hours March to October: Monday to Friday, 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. November to February: Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M (Closed Mondays). Saturday, 11.00 A.M. to 5.00 P.M. (All year) Sunday, 1.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M. (All year) Closed 1 January; Good Friday; 24, 25 and 26 December; and Monday public holidays.
  • One of the best museums I've ever visited. You can't walk it all in just one day and the exhibitions rotate constantly.