Chester Beatty Library
2 Palace Street, Dublin, Ireland
(01) 407 0750
Chester Beatty Library Dublin Reviews
Feb 18, 2008
Located in the heart of Dublin, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum & 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). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002.
Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights of the collection. Turkish and Persian miniatures and striking Buddhist paintings are also on display, as are Chinese dragon robes and Japanese woodblock prints. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.
The Library and Museum is a fabulous window into non-European cultures especially those of the middle east. I called early last summer to see the Albrecht Durer exhibition and ended up staying all day. A world in miniature – stunning and uplifting.
Admission is free.
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