Chester Beatty, Dublin

4.7
#8 of 362 in Museums in Ireland
Chester Beatty houses a large collection of Islamic and Far Eastern artifacts, including manuscripts, prints, paintings, rare books, and decorative arts. Established in 1950 to store the vast collections of Alfred Chester Beatty, a well-known mining mogul, the library now attracts both serious scholars and amateur art lovers. The standout among the library's collection of over 20,000 objects is the "Gospel of Mani," the last remaining artifact of Manichaeism, an ancient belief system that originated in Persia. Start your self-guided tour by exploring the first-floor gallery about Beatty's life and career, and end your visit at the rooftop Japanese garden, which offers unrestricted views of the city's emblematic castle. Put Chester Beatty on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Dublin trip planner .
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  • Well worth a visit. It has some of the oldest bible manuscripts you can see. Very well presented. Great guides too to explain about book binding through the ages etc. We have visited the library a lot...  more »
  • It's quite dark (to protect the collection), but you get used to it. Recommended for anyone interested in old books or art, or anyone interested in learning about other places. Don't forget to stop at...  more »
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  • Truly a hidden gem. Unexpectedly fabulous collection of Asian and Middle Eastern works. Absolutely worth stopping by if you're visiting Dublin Castle. Extra shout-out to the exceptionally friendly (and hilarious) desk staff.
  • A truly wonderful place well worth a visit. Take your time here and enjoy a fitting tribute to a visionary genius. Also a great coffee shop and books.
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