Here you can navigate through the Atrium and general public spaces.
View the museum Gift Shop, stocking an eclectic mix of art prints and books, exhibition catalogues, jewellery, homeware and Irish crafts.
Welcome to the Chester Beatty 3D Virtual Tours.
On this page you can navigate through the museum and take a look at our Galleries, as well as Temporary Exhibitions and the general public spaces.
The exhibition spaces are marked up, to show details of various objects on display, with many linking to our digital collections online.
Arts of the Book is a permanent gallery of almost 600 objects from the museum’s collections, displaying books from the ancient world, including the world famous Chester Beatty Love Poems (c.1160 BC), Egyptian Books of the Dead and beautifully illuminated European manuscripts.
One of the highlights is the display of Western book-bindings (5th-20th century) and Old Master prints. The exhibition also explores the richness of the Islamic manuscript tradition including illustrations and illuminations, calligraphy, and exquisite bindings from across the Middle East and India. Highlights from East Asia include one of the finest collections of Chinese jade books in the world, Japanese picture-scrolls depicting fables and legends, and deluxe woodblock prints.
Audio-visual programmes complement the exhibition, helping the visitor to learn more about the arts of the book throughout the world.
The Sacred Traditions gallery on the second floor exhibits the sacred texts, illuminated manuscripts and miniature paintings from the great religions and systems of belief represented in the collections – Christianity, Islam and Buddhism with smaller displays on Confucianism, Daoism, Sikhism and Jainism.
The Biblical Papyri, the remarkable collection of Qur’an manuscripts and scrolls and books of Buddhist thought provide the focus for the displays.
Audio-visual programmes on Rites of Passage in many faiths, prayer and pilgrimage enhance the displays.
The introductory video, shown on the ground floor, gives a wonderful insight into the life of the museum’s founder Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. The short film charts how the Chester Beatty Collection was built and the origins of the museum, now based at Dublin Castle.
Our on-site café provides the perfect rest-stop during your visit. Based on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine, with a focus on home cooking and using only the freshest ingredients, the dishes served reflect the global reach of our collections – with Middle Eastern, North African, Mediterranean, vegetarian and celiac friendly dishes served on a daily basis.
Explore our current temporary exhibitions through a 3D virtual tour. The perfect way to relive your in-person visit or take a peek before joining us in the museum.