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Chester Beatty, Dublin

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Chester Beatty 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 on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin trip planner.
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  • This museum was amazing! We were able to get a little unofficial tour from one of the staff there, named Jesse! He was amazing! He truly made it a wonderful and one of a kind experience. The... 
    This museum was amazing! We were able to get a little unofficial tour from one of the staff there, named Jesse! He was amazing! He truly made it a wonderful and one of a kind experience. The...  more »
  • Wandered in and were given a great introduction to the facility by the front desk person. Although it was within an hour of closing time, he encouraged us to go look. The breadth of the displays was.....  more
    Wandered in and were given a great introduction to the facility by the front desk person. Although it was within an hour of closing time, he encouraged us to go look. The breadth of the displays was.....  more »
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  • Incredible array of extremely rare and special books covering many religions… beautifully displayed. You can easily spend hours and hours discovering and learning about many different cultures through a multitude of manuscripts. Well worth your time and effort…
  • Fabulous array of extremely rare and special books covering many religions over the centuries. The work is beautifully displayed and i really liked the atmosphere created in the religious text area, Listening to the chants and prayers in the back ground, with each changing to suit the religion you are reading about. Handy lockers on the ground floor for your bags, coats, hats and scarfs and a lovely little gift shop and cafe on site. Lifts available for those with mobility issues and id always start from the top and work your way down. You can easily spend hours and hours discovering and learning about many different cultures through a multitude of manuscripts. Well worth a few hours especially on a cold wet winters day.

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