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Chester Beatty Library
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Dublin Historical Highlights Walking Tour
Ranked #9 of 546 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' 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. Winter Hours: The Museum will be closed on Mondays from November through February
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 19 March 2017

If you are at all interested in any religion, this museum will appeal to you. Their collection of religious texts is simply stunning. I could not believe I was actually looking at pages from Genesis dated 250 AD! The museum is so well laid out, and does a superb job of highlighting and showing artifacts from many of the world's most important religions. They also have a nice cafe for lunch.

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

We absolutely loved this museum. It has won awards and I am not surprised. 3 cheers for Chester Beatty and his generosity; and to the people who are responsible for displaying his wonderful artefacts so well.
We loved everything about it, but especially the Oriental exhibits.
The cafe is good, too.

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Reviewed 16 March 2017

It is a very interesting place to visit. It was great to have the video at the beginning of the museum to get knowledge of the man and his life. Also throughout the museum there are more smaller videos to watch that explain what you are viewing. I would recommend this library to all who visit Dublin.

Thank linda m
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Went to this library on recommendation of the Hop-on-hop-off bus driver. Did not know what to expect but found a rare gem. This was a wonderful display of rare manuscripts and books which was displayed in the most delightful environment. All the exhibits were very well described and we left with a great understanding of Chester Beautty's love of collecting

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Featuring Asian art in a modern building, this is an excellent place to immerse oneself in religious and secular works well-displayed and explained. The building is beautiful- be sure to go out on the roof garden. And eat at "Silk Road" which features Indian and Asian foods, with seating in the restaurant and courtyard- a nice place to relax and enjoy delicious food. You could spend most of a day here.

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