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“Amazing collection - definitely worth a visit”

Chester Beatty Library
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Ranked #10 of 546 things to do in Dublin
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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' and rated consistently in the top 6 of TripAdvisor's list of 'Top things to do in Dublin,' 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Amazing collection of books from many cultures - if you are interested in books or the history of printing/illumination/art, there's much to see but not so much as to be overwhelming. the kids enjoyed the computer screens dotted around that gave little video clips of how some of the books were made ie how printing works. A good way to spend an hour or so

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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.

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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.

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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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