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“World class museum”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 15 December 2013

As others have said, this is one of the most important places to visit in all of Dublin, in fact, in all of Europe. My wife and I came to Dublin specifically to see the ancient New Testament papyrus documents here, and we were not disappointed. Fine samples are well displayed with good explanations. There were a couple of typographical errors in the displays ( "lead to" instead of "led to" in one) but, on the whole, very discerning and articulate about the importance of these second century artifacts. We have seen the Bodmer museum near Geneva and have been to see the fragment at the John Rylands Library in Manchester (as well as the Sinaiticus and Alexandrinus mss at the British Museum, and the exhibit in the Chester Beatty is as good or better than the others.

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Reviewed 15 December 2013

Tucked away behind buildings, this is a cute find. The museum is cool to stroll around and it's free !!

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Reviewed 13 December 2013

The library holds the most beautiful books, prints and objects associated with printing that were collected by Chester Beatty. The collection on display is comprehensive and vast. The prints are exquisite and are supported by informative notes. You could spend all day in this one place. There are special exhibitions aswell but the collection is wonderful. Staff are also very well informed and love the place.

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Reviewed 11 December 2013

Simply this is the BEST atraction in Dublin.
One of the things to do before you die.
Miss it and you will regret it.
ENJOY.

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Mary D, Public Relations Manager at Chester Beatty Library, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2013

Thank you very much for your kind words. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to the Chester Beatty Library and we look forward to seeing you again in 2014 :)

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Reviewed 8 December 2013

I really love this library, a nice option to spend an afternoon in DUblin even when it's not rainy! Pitty that the roof garden was closed due to some work in progress... It has one of the best (free) sights of Dublin

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