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Chester Beatty

Take a journey across continents, countries and peoples, as you discover treasures of rare quality and beauty from across the globe. This world renowned, award winning museum showcases rich and diverse exhibitions of miniature paintings, decorative arts, manuscripts, prints and drawings, from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. All donated to the Irish nation by American mining magnate and philanthropist, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968).

Described by Lonely Planet as ‘not just the best museum in Ireland but one of the best in Europe’ and the only Irish museum to ever win European Museum of the Year, the Chester Beatty’s extraordinary collections span centuries, continents and cultures and offer visitors a fascinating view of global artistic heritage.

An engaging and welcoming space, visitors from Ireland and overseas can enjoy thought-provoking exhibitions, browse in the Gift Shop, or take a rest-stop in the Silk Road Café serving Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine.

Admission is free, and no pre-booking is required. Visitors can download a free audio tour in 6 languages (English, Irish, French, German, Italian & Spanish) to self-guide through their visit and the Chester Beatty is open late until 8pm every Wednesday evening.

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