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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  • Friend and I were told by a random guy on a bike to check this out today, so we did. What a wonderful little museum - if you like Arabic and Middle Eastern art. Beautiful, quiet, gorgeous art... 
    Friend and I were told by a random guy on a bike to check this out today, so we did. What a wonderful little museum - if you like Arabic and Middle Eastern art. Beautiful, quiet, gorgeous art...  more »
  • I don’t usually review museums and art galleries, but am making an exception for this as it was so good and so unexpected. It was recommended by a lady in one of Dublin’s excellent tourist... 
    I don’t usually review museums and art galleries, but am making an exception for this as it was so good and so unexpected. It was recommended by a lady in one of Dublin’s excellent tourist...  more »
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  • Definitely the most interesting museum I’ve visited in Dublin, with a really cool collection of Asian (Persian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese) art and manuscripts. Definitely worth a visit. When we went there was an exhibition about Isfahan in Iran but I found the permanent collection was more interesting.
  • Incredible array of extremely rare and special books covering many religions… beautifully displayed. You can easily spend hours and hours discovering and learning about many different cultures through a multitude of manuscripts. Well worth your time and effort…

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