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Chester Beatty Library
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Ranked #9 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. Winter Hours: The Museum will be closed on Mondays from November through February
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Stairs / lift, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Good that it was raining and we decided to do the indoors stuff. Having read so much of positive feedback on TA about the library, we decided to go for it. Thank God it was raining, and thank God that we went for it! The library is a real treasure, and not to be missed attraction on your visit to Dublin. Where else would you find such rare manuscripts, papyrus documents dated thousands of years in history, the lovely binding works across the centuries, the various manuscripts of all the major world religions? Even if you are not a history buff, I can guarantee that you will love it. This place is so refreshingly different.
It also has a cute little gift shop, where you can buy some really interesting pocket note books, replicating some of the art you would've seen inside. Hats off to the passion of the man who devoted his life in creating such an outstanding private collection!
And the better part - it is right in the city centre and can be done in an hour's time. And the best part - it is free!

Thank AnuragRanjita
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

Great little library hidden behind Dublin castle Been 3 times already and has a lovely park to walk around

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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.

Thank Tim H
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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!

Thank Paulina_Pleskot
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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.

Thank C_and_H_11
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