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Chester Beatty
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Described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Dublin, but one of the best in Europe, the Chester Beatty is a must-see on any Dublin visitor's itinerary. 

The Chester Beatty'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. With free admission and as the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year', the collection includes manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and decorative arts - 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.

Highlights include:
  • The Biblical Papyri, dating from the second to the fourth century AD, include the earliest known copies of the four gospels and Acts of the Apostles, the Letters of St Paul, and the Book of Revelation.
  • Japanese painted scrolls from the 17th and 18th century, & woodblock prints by Hiroshige and Hokusai
  • Largest collection of jade books from the Imperial Court outside China
  • 260 complete and fragmentary Qur’ans, some dating from the late eighth and ninth centuries

Visitor Information

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10:00 -17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:00 - 17:00


Contact Details

Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 
T: + 353 (0)1 407 0750

Closed: Closed Mondays: November - February; Good Friday; 24, 25, 26 December; 1 January; Public/Bank Holiday Mondays

Last admission: No last admission but 16:00 recommended to ensure visitors fully enjoy their visit 

Approx. visit duration: 60 to 120 minutes, allow time for browse in Shop and refreshments in Silk Road Café

Admission Prices

Admission is Free


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Other Useful Information


Free public tours in Arabic, Mandarin and Japanese are scheduled on a regular basis.  Check here for details:


Silk Road Café on-site. The café’s menu is based on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, reflecting some of the countries represented in the museum's collections. Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, vegetarian and celiac friendly dishes are created by the chefs, with a focus on home cooking using only the freshest ingredients. The café also caters for conference delegates and all evening receptions.


Searching for that unique gift, souvenir or just want to treat yourself?  Handpicked from around the world and from Ireland, they stock an eclectic mix of art prints and books, exhibition catalogues, jewellery, homeware, and Irish crafts - some reflecting the global reach of their world-renowned collections and others just because they think they are gorgeous! Why not pop in for a browse during your visit? Your purchase supports the museum's cultural programmes and exhibitions and all major credit cards including American Express and UnionPay are accepted.


Free wifi is available throughout Chester Beatty


No parking on site (with exceptions – see below)
If you are coming by car and you have a Disabled Person's Parking Permit or Card, you will be permitted access to the grounds of the Castle, via the Ship Street entrance.
Some paid street parking on Ship St, nearest carpark is Christchurch car park on Werburgh St.
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Chester Beatty is a wheelchair and buggy-friendly building and with their audio-visual presentations and automated doors to all public areas, access to the collection is facilitated. Many of the most important exhibitions are placed at a comparatively low height to facilitate viewing by those visitors who are wheelchair-bound. Wheelchairs are available free of charge.


While most visitors self-guide through our exhibits, some may wish to experience a guided tour. Free public guided tours take place every Wednesday at 13:00, Saturdays at 14:00 and Sundays at 15:00. Suitable for individual visitors, families and small groups (under 5 participants), these informal tours provide a general introduction to Chester Beatty’s exhibitions. Tours last for approx. 1 hour are free of charge and delivered on a first served basis, limited to 20 participants. For Group bookings, please visit giving a minimum of three weeks advance notice.


  • European Museum of the Year 2002
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
  • TripAdvisor Hall of Fame 2017 (granted to entities who earn a Certificate of Excellence in 5 subsequent years)
  • 2017 Experts' Choice Award from TripExpert (reflects the views of journalists and professional travel writers, & bestowed on less than 2% of all attractions worldwide.



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Map Location

The Chester Beatty is situated in the gardens of Dublin Castle in the heart of the city centre.

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