Wednesday – Chester Beatty Library
Improve your English while doing a different outdoor social activity!
Dedicated to the exploration and understanding of world cultures and religions, the Chester Beatty’s collection includes more than 20,000 manuscripts, rare books, miniature paintings, clay tablets, and costumes. It is set on the beautiful grounds of Dublin Castle, which dates back to the 12th century!.
The Chester Beatty is a museum and library in Dublin. Formerly known as the Chester Beatty Library, it was established in Ireland in 1950, to house the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The present museum, on the grounds of Dublin Castle, opened on 7 February 2000, the 125th anniversary of Beatty’s birth and was named European Museum of the Year in 2002.
The museum’s collections are displayed in two galleries: “Sacred Traditions” and “Arts of the Book”. Both displays exhibit manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts from the Persian, Islamic, East Asian and Western Collections.
The Chester Beatty is one of the premier sources for scholarship in both the Old and New Testaments and is home to one of the most significant collections of Western, Islamic and East & South-East Asian artefacts.
The museum also offers numerous temporary exhibitions, many of which include works of art on loan from foreign institutions and collections. The museum contains a number of priceless objects, including one of the surviving volumes of the first illustrated Life of the Prophet and the Gospel of Mani believed to be the last remaining artefact from Manichaeism.