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"Chester Beatty Library" Chester Beatty Library Tip by sarahandgareth

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin: 19 reviews and 21 photos

  Garden Outside of the Chester Beatty Library
by sarahandgareth

Chester Beatty was an American who spent many years in London, moving to Ireland when he was 75. He made a fortune in mining, and used much of his wealth to accumulate a fabulous collection of Eastern art - from the Middle East to China and Japan. When he died, he left hie entire collection to the people of Ireland.

Originally housed in a Dublin suburb, the collection was moved to the city centre in 2000, and it's one of Dublin's most unique museums. While the size of the collection might seem relatively small, the quality of the items on display is astonishing. The exhibits are accompanied by excellent texts explaining what you see, and even more interesting videos showing skilled craftspeople working on calligraphy, illumination, bookbinding and other skills. It gives a very vivid sense of the time and energy required to complete even one of these wonderful works of art.

Like many museums in Ireland, the Library is free: you shouldn't miss out on the opportunity!

Address: Dublin Castle
Directions: In the gardens directly behind Dublin Castle
Phone: 01 407 0750

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jul 29, 2004
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