The Chester Beatty Library is a place like no other. It contains the largest collection ever to be owned by a private individual. The library is here thanks to Sir A. Chester Beatty; his collection of rare and unique artifacts from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe are a delight to the see.
Mr. Beatty, and American expat and self-made tycoon, had enjoyed his final years in Dublin. When Mr. Beatty died, he left his entire collection to the city of Dublin and her children; I suppose this was his way of thanking Dublin for her kindness to him and his family. The Chester Beatty Library was awarded European Museum of the Year in 2002 and it has definitely lived up to the title ever since.
This is a perfect venue for families and scholars where you can find items from as far back as 2700 B.C. and all the way into the 20th century. Should you get a little hungry, don’t despair, there is an independently owned restaurant on the ground floor with a menu to match the spirit of Mr. Beatty’s collection.
Please make sure to check the library’s website for upcoming events such as lectures, screenings and workshops for the young and young at heart. Also, do not forget to venture to the rooftop terrace where you may gain a different perspective on the views of Dublin Castle and don’t be afraid to watch the introductory video.