Self-guided Visits & Guided Tours for Schools

We have a number of specially-designed themed tours available for primary and post-primary schools. These themes reflect various areas relating to the Irish school/education curriculum including history, geography, literacy, visual art, art history, fashion, world faiths and cultures.

Image of a school tour as part of the Chester Beatty Schools Programme

When you book your self-guided tour you will receive a pdf version of a trail for you and your class to use in the galleries. We have designed pre- and post-visit activities for teachers and students to enjoy for each of the themes on offer.

Our guided tours incorporate inquiry-based learning, and will encourage students to ask questions. These tours will also incorporate elements of object based learning.

Duration: Tours for primary schools last 30-45 minutes and 40-60 minutes for post-primary schools

Cost: Free for primary and post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

We would love to hear from you when you have completed your visit – please send any comments/feedback/images of artworks created etc. to tours@cbl.ie

Learning Resources for Teachers and Students

Themed Tours

Highlights of the Collection

Book a general tour of the museum covering highlights from the extensive collections of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. These tours include the main galleries, Arts of the Book and Sacred Traditions, where treasures from our Islamic, East Asian and European collections are on view.

Curriculum links: History, Religious Education, Art and Design/Visual Art, Geography, STEAM, Literacy, Mindfulness

Suggested Glossary

Pre and post visit activities

BOOK HERE and choose your theme

Fashion

This tour explores the world of fashion found in the Islamic, East Asian and European Collections.

Curriculum links: History, Religious Education, Art and Design/Visual Art, Geography, Mindfulness

Suggested Glossary

Pre and post visit activities

BOOK HERE and choose your theme

How Things are Made

The history of books and objects and how they are made is the focus of this tour.

Curriculum links: History, Religious Education, Art and Design/Visual Art, Geography, STEAM, Literacy

Suggested Glossary

Pre and post visit activities

BOOK HERE and choose your theme

Journeys

Discover the stories of how objects in our Islamic, East Asian and European Collections were inspired by or used on journeys.

Curriculum links: History, Religious Education, Art and Design/Visual Art, Geography, STEAM, Literacy

Suggested Glossary

Pre and post visit activities

BOOK HERE and choose your theme

Sacred

Explore the world faiths represented in our collections and discover what they mean for people in the past and today. Why do people think sacred texts and objects are important?

Curriculum links: Religious Education, Art and Design/Visual Art, Geography, Mindfulness, History

Suggested Glossary

Pre and post visit activities

BOOK HERE and choose your theme

Fantasy and Imagination

Use your imagination to explore Chester Beatty’s fantastic collection. From Egyptian gods to Chinese Dragons, what will you discover?

Curriculum links: History, Religious Education, Art and Design/Visual Art, Geography, STEAM, Literacy, Mindfulness

Suggested Glossary

Pre and post visit activities

BOOK HERE and choose your theme

Explore the Collections

Open today 9:45am - 5:30pm

Monday 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
Suggested donation €5

Map

Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92