With free admission and described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty is a must-see on any Dublin visitor’s itinerary. As the only museum in Ireland to win “European Museum of the Year’, this art museum’s rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.
Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete this amazing collection—all the result of the collecting activities of one man—Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875–1968). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.
Searching for that unique gift, souvenir or just want to treat yourself? Handpicked from around the world and from Ireland, choose from an eclectic mix of art prints and books, exhibition catalogues, jewellery, homeware, and Irish crafts – some reflecting the global reach of the world-renowned collections.
The on-site Silk Road Café provides the perfect rest-stop during your visit. Based on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, with a focus on home cooking and using only the freshest ingredients, the dishes served reflect the global reach of the collections – with Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, vegetarian and celiac friendly dishes served on a daily basis.
March to October: Open daily
November to February: Open Tuesday to Sunday
Open late Wednesday’s until 20:00h
See the website for further details
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DINING / REFRESHMENTS: Silk Road Café
SHOPPING: Shop with a wide selection of books and gifts
PARKING: City Centre on-street pay & display
In the gardens of Dublin Castle, 2 mins walk from Dame Street and close to Christchurch Cathedral
Luas (Green): Trinity/St. Stephen’s Green, (Red): Jervis
Dart: Tara Street
Bus: See dublinbus.ie
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland
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