The Chester Beatty Library is one of those unique museums that makes me excited to visit museums again. I get tired of seeing museums with similar exhibits wherever I go so this was a nice change of pace. It is one of the most interesting museums that I have ever visited.
The library is actually a book museum that was created from the collection of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. Chester made his fortune mining copper in Colorado in the early 1900’s. This fortune allowed him to collect an incredible amount of ancient manuscripts, books and texts dating back to 2700 BC. He moved to Ireland in the 1950’s where he established the museum and became a naturalized citizen.
I really wish I could show you pictures of the amazing books that I saw inside but since they do not allow photography so you will have to visit and see for yourself. You can also visit the website or download the iPhone App for photos and videos of the collection.
This museum is a great alternative to visiting the popular Book of Kells at the nearby Trinity College. I did not visit the Book of Kells but I do know that you can only see four pages of the book. The Chester Beatty Library has similar illuminated manuscripts to the Book of Kells in addition to a vast collection of other fascinating items. Admission to the Library is also free and you will not have to wait in line to get in.
- Visit the Museums website for more information
- The library is located in gardens of the Dublin Castle.
- It is is open Tuesday through Sunday.
- Admission is Free
- Download the free iPhone, iPad, iPod touch App. (Sorry there is no Android or Windows version)
- Like their Facebook Page for more information on exhibits and events.