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Chester Beatty Library

By damian, Monday, 5th January 2015 | 0 comments
Filed under: Museums, Did you know, Free Stuff, See & do Dublin.

Dublin's Chester Beatty Library, with free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe.



Chester Beatty Library should be on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. The Library's collections are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions".  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. 

Both displays exhibit manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Islamic, East Asian and Western Collections. The Library is one of the premier sources for scholarship in both the Old and New Testaments and is home to one of the most significant collections of Islamic and Far Eastern artefacts.

The Chester Beatty museum contains a number of priceless objects, including one of the surviving volumes of the first illustrated Life of the Prophet and the Gospel of Mani believed to be the last remaining artefact from Manichaeism.

No wonder it was named European Museum of the Year in 2002, the only Irish museum to be so awarded. Located n a fine purpose-built home beside Dublin Castle, this is a must see & do when visiting Dublin.

Where is the Chester Beatty Library?

The library is located in Dublin Castle, just a two-minute walk from Dame Street (via the Palace Street Gate of the Castle) and close to Christchurch Cathedral (enter via the Ship Street Gate of the Castle).

  • Nearest LUAS stops: Jervis & St Stephen's Green
  • Nearest DART station: Tara Street.
  • Bus routes: 13, 40, 123, 27, 77a, 150, 151, 156, 49, 54a

Opening Hours?

  • March to October: Monday to Friday, 10.00 – 17:00
  • November to February: Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 – 17:00 (Closed Mondays).
  • Saturday, 11.00 - 17:00
  • Sunday, 13.00 - 17:00

Closed; New Years Day; Good Friday; December 24, 25 and 26; and Monday public holidays. 


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