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“Dublin treasure-house”

Chester Beatty Library
Ranked #23 of 589 things to do in Dublin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as 'not just the best museum in Ireland, 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', 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. Winter Hours: The Museum will be closed on Mondays from November through February
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 6 January 2017

I'm not sure what I was expecting from the Chester Beatty Library, but I was blown away by both the quality of exhibits (holy books from a variety of times, places, and traditions) and the way they were displayed--clearly explained, without too much text. Anyone interested in books should add this museum to their itinerary.

Thank Susan M
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

Very nice gallery with very high quality displays from an impressive private collection. The library is well-planned, with an introductory video about Chester Beatty and how he came to own his collection right as you enter the building, and the galleries on the upper floors. The library contains many beautifully crafted artworks and texts from many regions and eras.
It is small enough that you can browse it quickly if you need, but can easily spend a few hours here. An extra plus is that this library doesn't seem to be one of the major tourist attractions, so the crowds are quite comfortable.

Thank o_hughmanatee
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

This is always well worth a visit to see so many oriental artefacts. It's free and it has a lovely restaurant as well.

Thank Triona L
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

Huge collection of Asian art. You could spend hours looking at it all and it can be a bit overwhelming. Best to do a bit and plan another visit to see more. The shop has some interesting books. There is also a nice eatery on site which makes it a nice afternoon out.
I plan on going back.

Thank 13Josephine
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

Hidden in the back of Dublin Castle is this little beauty. The museum houses a fascinating collection of Asian art and artefacts. Special exhibits vary throughout the year with a giftshop of quality items, a restaurant with excellent food, a lovely roof terrace, and the round garden outside for better weather. You can easily spend several hours here looking at the collection. The art is, by its nature, colourful, detailed, and impressive. The location of the museum, together with the giftshop and the restaurant make it a very special and unique way to spend a few hours. Do not miss it.

Thank Grochey
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