Fine manuscripts to be discovered

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.

  • Egyptian papyrus texts
  • Beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur’an
  • The Bible
  • European medieval and renaissance manuscripts
  • Open until 20:00 on Wednesdays
Open Year Round

Opening Times:

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 09:45–17:30

Wed 09:45–20:00, Sun 12:00–17:30

Closed Mondays Nov 01 to Feb 29

Closed January 01; Good Friday; December 24, 25 & 26

“Last updated 17/08/2020”


Admission Prices 2020

Free admission

Useful Information

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SHOPPING: Shop with a wide selection of books and gifts

PARKING: City Centre on-street pay & display


Getting There

In the gardens of Dublin Castle, 2 mins walk from Dame Street and close to Christchurch Cathedral

Map Location: 53.342316, -6.267500
Contact Chester Beatty

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland

Eircode: D02 AD92
T: +353 (0)1 407 0750
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