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Chester Beatty Library

This award-winning library and art museum is housed in the 18th Century Clock Tower Building and adjoining modern purpose-built gallery. It contains the personal collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, a wealthy American miner who, on his death in 1968, bequeathed his unique collection to the Irish public - on condition that it bear his name.

These fine and rare treasures of ancient and religious manuscripts and works of art represent the world's great cultures from Asia and the Middle East to North Africa and Europe. Beautifully illustrated Korans, rich Egyptian papyrus and colourful Chinese dragon robes are among the many fascinating items on display. The Silk Road Café reflects the global theme with food from exotic destinations such as Afghanistan, Morocco and Palestine, and the gift shop sells Fair Trade products.

Sir Alfred was made Ireland's first honourary citizen in 1957 and would doubtless approve of his legacy's final resting place. Tours are themed, so plan in advance. An e-guide, Braille info leaflet and audiovisual presentations keep the info accessible for all.


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1 May - 30 Sep: Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00, 1 Oct - 30 Apr: Tues - Fri 10:00 -17:00. All year: Sat 11:00 - 17:00, Sun 13:00 - 17:00. Closed 1 Jan, Good Friday; 24 - 26 Dec and Mon public holidays. Guided tours on request.

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