Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

4.7
#6 of 351 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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  • This collection is simply amazing for both the range of documents and the exceptional quality of the ancient books, scrolls, manuscripts and other artifacts on display. Frankly, the Trinity Library di...  more »
  • The Chester Beatty Library behind the Dublin Castle is a hidden treasure. You can skip the long lines and pricey admission fee of the Book of Kells and instead see ancient manuscripts at the Chester B...  more »
  • You could easily pass several hours here as there are an astounding number of books to see and other exhibits. It is truly educational, an outstanding collection of books to view. Can not recommend it...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • This is an incredible collection of historical artefacts and only asks for donations... beautiful.
  • 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.
  • 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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