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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City centre location
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.