Taken from the Chester Beatty Western Collections, these backgrounds show minute details of several illuminated manuscripts, from dreamy landscapes to curious marginalia.
Visit the Chester Beatty online for a wealth of art, activities and fun things for you and your children to do.
Search for something to do at the Chester Beatty online
Take a virtual tour in 3D, visit our digital collections or explore our learning resources for parents and teachers. There is always something fun to do at the Chester Beatty even when you are stuck at home.
Virtual Meeting Backgrounds
Looking for a way to make those virtual meetings more exciting? Tired of having to tidy up before your conference calls? Why not download our packs of free Virtual Meeting Backgrounds, taken from the Chester Beatty collections.
Virtual Background Pack - Western Collections
Virtual Background Pack - Islamic Collections
Virtual Background Pack - East Asian Collections
Virtual Background Pack - Full Set
3D Virtual Tours
Visit the Chester Beatty from your computer or mobile phone. The next best thing to a visit in person our new technology allows you to walk through a virtual museum, see our galleries and visit our current temporary exhibition.
Tour the Chester Beatty Museum Online
Being stuck inside doesn’t have to stop you from going on an exciting museum visit, seeing some art and touring the new exhibition.
Now you can explore the Chester Beatty museum in virtual reality from your computer or mobile phone.
Take a tour of the Arts of the Book Gallery
Take a Tour of the Sacred Traditions Gallery
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.
Tour the Siam Exhibition
Siam through the lens of John Thomson 1865–66 features dramatic images developed from negatives preserved in London’s Wellcome Library. This exhibition introduces the sights and people of nineteenth-century Thailand.
The Chester Beatty offers a wealth of online resources. Visit us online and see our art, learn more about the work we do, and learn about the founder of the museum Sir Alfred Chester Beatty.
Browse the Treasures of the Museum
Explore some of the highlighted treasures from the Chester Beatty Collections
From Egyptian Books of the Dead to contemporary Chinese woodblock prints, the Chester Beatty collection captures the richness of human creative expression from 2700 BC to the present day.
See the Digital Collections Online
Explore online access to our remarkable treasures, through this searchable database of digitised artworks and manuscripts.
In 2017 the museum began an exciting journey to digitise the entirety of the collections. As we continue this work our digital archive is continually expanding, so make sure you visit again to experience the breadth and diversity of the Chester Beatty collections.
Read a Blog about the work of the museum
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in a museum?
Read one of the Chester Beatty departmental blogs to learn about the work we do and what is currently going on. Our blogs cover the Conservation, Digital and Education departments and look at the exciting work we do every day.
See a Film about Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and his legacy
Once the private library of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875 – 1968), a successful American mining engineer, collector and philanthropist, the Chester Beatty is also today a research library for scholars from all over the world.
Learn more about Sir Alfred Chester Beatty and his remarkable legacy.
Are you looking for something to engage your children and support their continued development while school is off?
Take a look at the Chester Beatty Learning Resources for Parents and Teachers to find something fun and educational for your children to do.
Kids & Families
The Chester Beatty aims to inspire families to explore, enjoy and experience fun and play throughout the year. Families and children can avail of free programmes and activities, specially prepared for our permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Download activity packs and colouring books to help engage and entertain your children.
Young People & Teens
A dynamic and exciting tailor-made programme of activities for young people aged 12-14 and 15-17 years inspired by the Islamic, East Asian and European collections.
Explore your artistic side with downloadable drawing packs.
Adults & Lifelong Learners
Online Workshops & How To Videos
Talks & Webinars
In-Focus Audio Tours
Resources for Teachers and Educators
Up for a bit of home schooling to keep your childrens’ minds fresh and engaged while they are away from the classroom?
The Chester Beatty collections offer wonderful learning opportunities and support a number of key curricula areas. From art history to world faiths, geography, history, languages, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and maths) this is the place to bring your students to inspire learning.
Downloadable Teaching Content
These resources all use museum objects to develop creativity across the curriculum. Themes range from artistic traditions found in the Islamic, East Asian and European collections; an introduction to world faiths and cultures through objects; science; language support through objects; preparation for the Art History Leaving Certificate as well as a drawing pack.
Exploring Intercultural Dialogue & Creativity
The Chester Beatty offers a huge variety of ways to learn about and engage with our collections as well as ways to benefit professionally from our experience and expertise.
There is a vibrant and exciting programme of events and training for professionals in the culture and heritage sector, both nationally and internationally.
Exploring our Creative Communities
The Chester Beatty recognises the need to engage and foster community-led creative and artistic activities. We provide opportunities for training and collaboration in the development of artistic projects led by the community for the community, while celebrating cultural diversity.
Explore the Mobile App
Download the free Chester Beatty Museum Guide app and discover a world of art and culture on your phone.
Featuring audio tours of our collections and galleries, this app also includes virtual 3D walkthroughs of the museum and online browsing of our world-renowned treasures.
Audio guides available in English, Irish, German, French, Spanish and Italian
Download the App
The museum may be temporarily closed, but we still have a whole range of online events and activities taking place.
What's On Guide
Chester Beatty on Google Arts and Culture
See the Chester Beatty Collections and Story Exhibitions on the Google Arts and Culture online portal
Explore the Chester Beatty on the Google Arts and Culture Portal
The Chester Beatty is pleased to announce our collaborative work with the Google Arts and Culture portal
As part of a collaborative project with the Google Art Camera team, the museum worked with Google to digitise a number of the museum’s rare items using Google’s state of the art Gigapixel Art Camera System and present them online via the Google Arts and Culture portal