Dublin: Free Fun at the Chester Beatty Library

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The Chester Beatty Library sits on the ground of Dublin Castle (right next to a Garda Siochana office, so mind your p’s and q’s!) and provides exceptional value for the entry fee of, well, nothing.

Like most Irish museums, the Chester Beatty Library charges no admission fee, though donations in any currency are accepted and appreciated. A small donation box sits just inside the main doorway. A donation of anything up to €5 per person is the local custom.

The Library itself is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday (barring Mondays from October to April), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on all Sundays.

Permanent exhibitions at the CBL include “Sacred Traditions,” an exhibition of sacred texts and religious illuminated manuscripts and paintings, and “Artistic Traditions,” which is dedicated to paper art, prints, and bindings. In mid-June, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester will also be on display at the Library.

The CBL offers quite a treasure-trove of objects. Significant awards, including the Glen Dimplex Award for Exhibition Design (2000), the Museum of the Year Award (also 2000), and the European Museum of the Year Award (2002) have been bestowed upon the museum.

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One thought on “Dublin: Free Fun at the Chester Beatty Library”

  1. Don’t forget the Chester Beatty also has a really nice restaurant unfortunately this is not free, but its a lovely place to grab some grub during a busy Dublin lunchtime…


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