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Review of Chester Beatty

Chester Beatty
Ranked #1 of 204 Shopping 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 is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year', the Chester Beatty'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. Please note: the museum is closed on Mondays from 1 November to 28 February.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

Beatty really collected some very nice books manuscripts and other worthy things in his life. This museum is a must do.

Thank Peter T
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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.

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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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