Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty, Dublin: Hours, Address, Chester Beatty Reviews: 4.5/5

Chester Beatty
4.5
09:45 - 17:30
Monday
09:45 - 17:30
Tuesday
09:45 - 17:30
Wednesday
09:45 - 20:00
Thursday
09:45 - 17:30
Friday
09:45 - 17:30
Saturday
09:45 - 17:30
Sunday
12:00 - 17:30
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FREE Admission. Described by Lonely Planet as ‘not just the best museum in Ireland but one of the best in Europe’ - and the only Irish museum to ever win European Museum of the Year - the Chester Beatty’s extraordinary collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe span centuries, continents and cultures and offer visitors a fascinating view of global artistic heritage. Donated to the Irish nation, American mining magnate and philanthropist Sir Alfred Chester Beatty's bequest is considered one of Ireland's greatest gifts. Open late on Wednesdays until 8pm. Download the Chester Beatty app, for audio tours in 13 languages, virtual walk-throughs, online collections and more!
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Neighbourhood: South City Centre
How to get there
  • St. Stephen's Green • 7 min walk
  • Jervis • 8 min walk
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Kathryn M
Oahu, HI72 contributions
This was one of my best experiences in Dublin. We wandered into this unique museum after the Dublin castle. I had noticed it before the trip, but as an must-do, it fell off the list somehow. It has a wonderful collection of manuscripts and other artifacts. The collector also was interested in the various religions of the world, all on a separate floor and not to be missed.
Written 14 August 2022
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Karen M
District of Columbia170 contributions
A lovely respite during hectic touring days -- and don't miss the fantastic views of the "snake" garden from the rooftop
Written 14 August 2022
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jsknight20
Austin, TX216 contributions
Illustrated literature from the dawn of time till now is the highlight of this collection, and I can see why Mr. Beatty collected what he did. Don't miss this free museum when in central Dublin. The grounds outside are really nice too, and there was someone playing an Irish flute while we were there.
Written 13 August 2022
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PSSSSSSSSS321
10 contributions
Family
This was one of the best experiences in Dublin. After a disappointing visit to the Book of Kells, we found this amazing library--cool, quiet and has a wonderful collection of manuscripts and other artifacts. I could not believe it was free!

Also, stuck in Temple bar, the food is TERRIBLE but the cafe at the library is a 3 minute walk, garden seating available and some of the best food I had in Ireland
Written 13 August 2022
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Paula T
Chelsea, Canada46 contributions
What a fantastic FREE presentation of the collection of one of the world’s most active book collectors. The small percentage of books, manuscripts and incunabula (pre-15th century texts) is mind-blowing.
The exhibits are accessible, are all presented in softly-lit and air-conditioned archival environments,
And the glass fronts are so clear of dirt, glare, dust or other impediments that you itch to touch the books and documents.
Only place I have EVER seen a 2nd century copy of a letter of St. Paul.
PS: the restaurant serves the best vegetarian food I ate in Ireland
Written 3 August 2022
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Becky
7 contributions
Especially for free entry (with a recommended donation) this is well worth the visit. A lot of interesting global exhibits, not just specifically on Ireland. Guaranteed to learn something new.
Written 3 August 2022
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Charlotte
5 contributions
Beautiful displays and diverse collection of objects from different culture in order to learn more about religions and continents. It was not really interactive and not so many areas to sit, but the collections are worth seeing if you have extra time in Dublin. The museum is quite small and the self guided tour was useful (although some elements were not up to date), and there is a cute roof top with a tiny garden on the third floor.
Written 1 August 2022
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RicherTrips
Monterrey, Mexico3,677 contributions
Chester Beatty is more than a library, it’s a museum and a learning center. I had never seen such a collection of antique books, of parchment, vellum, papyrus, from so many different countries, centuries and religions.

In Trinity, you only get to see the two open pages of the Book of Kells; here a countless amount of works of art are on display. I had only seen these many manuscript q’rans in Doha’s museum, but here there are holly books of all religions.

Sadly, no pictures are allowed.
Written 28 July 2022
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Rachel E
Medford, OR93 contributions
Couples
Visiting the Chester Beatty was very exciting and fun. It’s a great way to kill an hour or three, very clean with good food and restrooms. The staff on hand provided wonderful eye-opening experiences specific to the manuscripts on display. Very knowledgeable and passionate.
Written 28 July 2022
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Mina T
Drogheda, Ireland12 contributions
The only Asian Art museum in Dublin, this free museum offers a good glimpse of Asian art. Though limited in collection, it offers exquisitely curated displays that are informative
Written 26 July 2022
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Chester Beatty is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 - 17:30
  • Mon - Tue 09:45 - 17:30
  • Wed - Wed 09:45 - 20:00
  • Thu - Sat 09:45 - 17:30
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