Photograph of a Portrait of a Princess, by John Thomson.

In Focus Tour

Siam through the Lens Online Tour

Join tour guide Jo O’Rourke for an online tour and enjoy our current exhibition from the comfort of your own home.

This temporary exhibition gives us an insight into the adventurous spirit of Thomson. He found favour with the King of Siam (r1851-1868) and skilfully captured these fascinating images.


Jo had a career in health care before studying the history of art in both the National College of Art & Design and University College Dublin. Her curiosity and love of art led her to join the team of tour guides in Chester Beatty where she continues to enjoy learning about this amazing collection. 

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
No booking required
Suggested donation €5


Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92