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  • Chester Beatty Library

Museums & Attractions

addressDublin Castle


Phone+353(0)14070750

Fax+353(0)14070760

Webwww.cbl.ie

Emailinfo@cbl.ie



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The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin is described by the Lonely Planet as, "not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe".

It is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Its rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe opens a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.

Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights of the collection. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 B.C to the present day.


Facilities include, restaurant, gift and book shop, audio visual presentations, roof garden and baby-changing facilities.

  • Operating Hours

    1 May - 30 Sep

    MON 10:00 - 17:00
    TUES 10:00 - 17:00
    WED 10:00 - 17:00
    THU 10:00 - 17:00
    FRI 10:00 - 17:00
    SAT 11:00 - 17:00
    SUN 13:00 - 17:00
  • Operating Hours

    1 Oct - 30 Apr

    MON closed
    TUES 10:00 - 17:00
    WED 10:00 - 17:00
    THU 10:00 - 17:00
    FRI 10:00 - 17:00
    SAT 11:00 - 17:00
    SUN 13:00 - 17:00
  • Exceptions
    Closed on Public Holidays

(subject to change)