The Chester Beatty Library, now known as the Chester Beatty, is a museum and library in Dublin. It was established in Ireland in 1950, to house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The present museum, on the grounds of Dublin Castle, opened on 7 February 2000, the 125th anniversary of Beatty's birth and was named European Museum of the Year in 2002.
The museum's collections are displayed in two galleries: "Sacred Traditions" and "Arts of the Book". Both displays exhibit manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Persian, Islamic, East Asian and Western Collections. The Chester Beatty is one of the premier sources for scholarship in both the Old and New Testaments and is home to one of the most significant collections of Western, Islamic and East & South East Asian artefacts. The museum also offers numerous temporary exhibitions, many of which include works of art on loan from foreign institutions and collections. The museum contains a number of priceless objects, including one of the surviving volumes of the first illustrated Life of the Prophet and the Gospel of Mani believed to be the last remaining artefact from Manichaeism.
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|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
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|Saturday||11:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Sunday||1:00 – 5:00 PM|
Richard Day | Nov 10, 2017
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
Doug S | Feb 27, 2018
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.
Róisín Benson | Nov 10, 2017
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!
Ws Koh | Jan 9, 2018
A gem not to miss, would come back to Dublin just to visit this place. Huge collection of valuable manuscripts, with detailed yet easy to understand information - plus it’s free to visit!
Jessica Timings | Nov 21, 2017
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.
Ann Murray | Mar 25, 2018
If you think visiting a library might not be that exciting, think again! This is a museum filled with the most exquisitely decorated books - it's really a museum of world class miniature art. Simply beautiful collection made up mainly from Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Middle-Eastern and European cultures. The restaurant downstairs is one of the best in Dublin.
Erin Sterling | Mar 14, 2018
I love this place. Super cool collections, a great place to show guests to Dublin, and don't miss the rooftop zen garden.
Jessica Slep | Mar 16, 2018
Obsessed with this place. Free to get in. The books are absolutely amazing to see, with insanely intricate illustrations and lots of history.
Jan Torfs | May 2, 2018
This museum shows you lots of beautifully decorated books with manuscripts from many different religions. Visit also the interesting rooftop garden. Surely worth while a visit in combination with a guided tour in Dublin Castle. Pity taking pictures was not allowed inside thé museum.
Larisa Palchinskaya | May 3, 2018
Fantastic! If you love old books this place is worth visiting.
monique reddy | Jun 9, 2018
Extremely bad customer service from Management. Ordered mussels and calamari starter was sent out with only mussels. Management excuse was that they had a new chef. Did not bring out the calamari just said he added extra mussels to the dish instead. You don't get what's on the menu and what you paid for. Ended up paying for something which we never received.
Margarida Afonso | May 19, 2018
An amazing collection of books from asian (chinese, japonese, indian, etc.) and middle easter pieces, mostly ancient books. Really beautifull old books, really worth visiting and, best of all, entrance is free.
Katherine Tyndall | Jul 11, 2018
This is an incredible collection of historical artefacts and only asks for donations... beautiful.
Ron Davidson | Jun 13, 2018
We visited the Art of Book exhibition, and the Coming Home exhibition, both free (with well-deserved suggested 5E donation). Texts, displays and videos are very educational and visitor-friendly.
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