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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.

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, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic, Turkish and Dutch.

Download the App

This free app is available for Apple and Android Mobile phones.

Make sure to try the audio guides, they are interesting even when you are not in the museum.

Download for iPhone (Apple)

Download for Android (Google)

What's On

The museum has a whole range of online events and activities taking place. See the current What’s On Guide for the current schedule of exciting online talks, videos and workshops.

What's On Guide

Check out our What’s On Guide to find out about upcoming events, which you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

What's On Guide

What's On Webpage

Online Resources

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.

View the Curated Galleries

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.

See the Digital Collections Repository

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.

Read the Conservation Blog

Read the Education Blog

Read the Digital Blog

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.

Watch the Film

Learning Resources

Are you looking for something to engage your children and support their continued development?

Take a look at the Chester Beatty Learning Resources for Parents and Teachers to find something fun and educational for your children to do.

Online Workshops & How To Videos

Explore your creative side with our online workshops and how to videos. There is something suitable for all ages.

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In-Focus Audio Tours

Explore the collections through these mini audio tours which focus on a particular theme. Recorded by Volunteer Guides of the Chester Beatty.

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Talks & Webinars

Join us for a selection of talks and webinars, highlighting aspects of the Chester Beatty collections as well as activities and research taking place around the museum.

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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.

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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.

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Adults & Lifelong Learners

Explore your creativity with downloadable drawing packs.

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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.

See all the Virtual Tours

Take a tour of the Arts of the Book Gallery

Arts of the Book is a permanent gallery of almost 600 objects from the museum’s collections, displaying books from the ancient world.

Tour 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 Sacred Traditions Gallery

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.

Tour the Siam Exhibition

Resources for Teachers and Educators

Up for a bit of home schooling?

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.

Explore the teaching resources

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.

Find out more

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.

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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.

Follow the instructions on how to set the backgrounds on Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Virtual Background Pack - Western Collections

Taken from the Chester Beatty Western Collections, these backgrounds show minute details of several illuminated manuscripts, from dreamy landscapes to curious marginalia.

Download Virtual Background Pack

Virtual Background Pack - Islamic Collections

These backgrounds are taken from our Islamic Collections and show scenic details of manuscript paintings from India, Iran and Turkey.

Download Virtual Background Pack

Virtual Background Pack - East Asian Collections

These backgrounds from our East Asian Collections include details of finely embroidered dragon robes, beautiful prints, delicate paintings and calligraphy.

Download Virtual Background Pack

Virtual Background Pack - Full Set

Why not download the full set of Virtual Meeting Backgrounds, from across the Chester Beatty Collections.

Download Virtual Background Pack

Chester Beatty on YouTube

Why not explore the Chester Beatty YouTube channel, for a variety of workshops, activities and talks. Check out our past online events and see what else is coming up.

Chester Beatty on YouTube

Our YouTube channel is packed full of exciting content, with something suitable for all ages and interests.

Go to YouTube

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

See the Chester Beatty on Google Arts and Culture

See our newest Arts and Culture story exhibitions

See Drying Clothes by Kitagawa Utamaro

See Faridun Crosses the Tigris on His Way to Fight Zahhak

See Take your Weapons, Quiver and Bow

See Reading a Dragon Robe


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Open today 9:45am - 5:30pm

Tuesday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb
Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec

Admission is Free
No booking required
Suggested donation €5


Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92