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“Superb”

Chester Beatty Library
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Ranked #9 of 506 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.
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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“Superb”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

Fantastic collection of old manuscripts, which rivals the display at the British Library, which really says something.

Some of the oldest biblical texts in existence are on display, together with Korans and religious texts from many other world religions.

The explanatory notes do an excellent job of outlining the central tenets of the religions concerned.

There are also non religious books and a few other items in this fascinating museum/library.

Visited April 2014
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“True gem!”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

In my opinion, this museum was so much better than The Book of Kells in the Trinity College exhibition. First of all, it's free. Secondly, this museum has amazing collection of artefacts from Europe, Asia, Middle East or even Africa. You will find here beautifuly decorated books and manuscripts, you can learn about different religions (christianity, buddhism and other) as well as see art/books/manuscripts from this religions. This exhibition tells you much more about books than Book of Kells one. You will be shocked by some of the artefacts, like books with illustrations showing women with upturned skirts, or prints by Durer. If you are a book lover - you should deffinitely come and visit this museum and make sure that you see both exhibitions - on the second and first floor!

Visited April 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Library in the Castle”
Reviewed 20 April 2014

The Chester Beatty Library has some wonderful collections of rare ancient books, manuscripts & art from many parts of the ancient world & is said to be one of the best museums in Europe. It's housed in Dublin Castle which in it's own right is also well worth a visit.

Visited September 2013
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“Way better than the Book of Kells”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

Ok OK, the Book of Kells is pretty cool because it is intact and was found preserved in a bog, but as far as the beautiful art work of the pages, you really only get to see one page which is lame. The Chester Beatty Library on the other hand has hundreds of beautiful books with the same style of golden embellished text and art work. Plus it has text from all around the world: ancient Egypt, Islam, Asia... it is just outstanding. Seriously don't waste your time at the Book of Kells and see the Chester Beatty Library instead!

Visited April 2014
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“Museum of the book (and we are not talking e-readers)”
Reviewed 16 April 2014

The Chester Beatty Museum contains the collection of rare books and manuscripts donated to the Irish people by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). This is therefore a niche topic for a museum, but one exceptionally well done. Start with the video about the collection and man, who made a fortune from finding copper in them there hills, and then spent it buying manuscripts, papyri, and some art from mostly the Near and Far East. There is a well laid out permanent collection including impressive illumination from Persian and Ottoman masters (Read "My Name is Red" by Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk). "Sacred Traditions", on the second floor, collects religious material from Christianity, Islam and Buddhism with smaller displays on Confucianism, Daoism, Sikhism and Jainism. Somehow, and I do not know if this is accident or design, the Jews were all but missed out.
In Dublin Castle, the library has a great setting, entry is free, and the cafe is well above standard.
This is a unique museum and I would recommend it for any inveterate gallery goer who is visiting Dublin.

Visited April 2014
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