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Chester Beatty Library, Clock Tower Building, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

Chester Beatty Library

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The Chester Beatty Library, gallery, exhibition and collection


The Chester Beatty Library and museum located in the grounds of Dublin Castle is home to a priceless collection of art representing the great cultures and religions of the world dating from about 2700 BC.

The American mining engineer, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty


With over 370,000 visitors a year, the Library has been named by the 'Lonely Planet' as probably the best museum in Europe. The collection was given to the Irish people by the wealthy American mining engineer, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. He was Ireland's first honorary citizen and was given a state funeral when he died in 1968.

The collection at Chester Beatty includes Illuminated manuscripts, jade books, snuff bottles, imperial dragon robes and Japanese scrolls. The Library holds one of the finest Islamic collections in existence including renowned copies of the Qur'an, some dating from the late eighth century and including the work of the leading calligraphers of the Islamic world.

The Biblical Papyri


The Biblical Papyri, dating from the second century AD, consist of the earliest known copies of the four gospels and Acts of the Apostles, the Letters of St Paul, the Book of Revelation and various very early Old Testament fragments.

The East Asian Collections


The East Asian Collections include albums and scrolls from China, the largest collection of jade books from the Imperial Court outside China and a collection of textiles and decorative objects. The Japanese treasures include many superb painted scrolls from the 17th and 18th century as well as woodblock prints by Hiroshige and Hokusai.

The variety of the collection is breathtaking and includes a four-thousand-year-old clay writing tablet from Mesopotamia that carries some of the earliest written language. The text on the tablet refers to a measure of butter and research has revealed it was an offering for the moon god. There are the miniature wooden pagodas (stupa) from Japan with Buddhist prayers on tiny scrolls, dating to 768, hidden inside. A range of scientific texts including the influential Euclid's Elements and the celebrated Yongle encyclopaedia commissioned in 1403 by the emperor to preserve all known Chinese literature can be found in the Library.
 

One of the greatest collectors of all time


Beatty amassed a fortune through his mining business which started in America but spread across the world. He lived in Britain where he served on Churchill committees but eventually settled in Ireland and gifted his priceless collection to the Irish people through a public charitable trust.

The award-winning Silk Road Café and gift shop


Admission is free and in addition to the permanent displays there are temporary exhibitions, lectures and guided tours in several languages. The award-winning Silk Road Café and gift shop complete the visitor's experience.



Opening Hours


March to October: Monday to Friday, 10.00am - 5.00pm.
November to February: Tuesday to Friday, 10.00am - 5.00pm (Closed Mondays).
Saturday, 11.00am - 5.00pm (All year).
Sunday, 1.00pm - 5.00pm (All year).
Closed 1st January; Good Friday; 24th, 25th and 26th December and Monday public holidays.



TEL: +353 1 407 0750
GPS: 53.34232, -6.26750
ADDRESS: Chester Beatty Library, Clock Tower Building, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland
WEBSITE: www.cbl.ie

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Chester Beatty Library Silk Road Café

Chester Beatty Library Silk Road Café

Chester Beatty Library, Clock Tower Building, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

Chester Beatty Library, Clock Tower Building, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland

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