Chester Beatty, Dublin

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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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  • impressive museum with exhibits on different religions and their history with lots of artifacts but not Ireland specific. cute shop and cafe on the first floor. 
    impressive museum with exhibits on different religions and their history with lots of artifacts but not Ireland specific. cute shop and cafe on the first floor.  more »
  • Incredible collection and not so big that it’s tiring. Free (suggestion 5 euro donation). Worth stopping in to see. 
    Incredible collection and not so big that it’s tiring. Free (suggestion 5 euro donation). Worth stopping in to see.  more »
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  • It is lovely to spend a late afternoon /early evening at the Chester Beatty. It opens til 8pm on Wednesdays. A fab bonus is the fact that The Silk Road Cafe is also open late!! Super food, well cooked by expert chefs!! The coffee is superb. ☕👌
  • Lovely little free museum (though you should give a donation - it's worth it). There are some free lockers as well for storing your backpacks/bags as well. Absolutely lovely collection with a knowledgeable staff - and a huge shout-out to Jesse! If you see him wandering around the first or second floors, ask him to show you around! You won't be disappointed!

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