The only museum in Ireland to win “European Museum of the Year,” Dublin's Chester Beatty Library holds a huge and diverse arts collection featuring ancient Egyptian manuscripts and Old Masters paintings, carved Chinese snuff bottles and miniature paintings, one of the world's largest collections of papyri, rare and ancient copies of the Qu'ran and the Bible, among other rare artefacts.
Works are displayed in two collections: "Sacred Traditions" and "Artistic Traditions." Some works in the collection date back nearly 5,000 years, and on a visit you'll see the first illustrated Life of the Prophet and the Gospel of Mani. The Chester Beatty Library also hosts regular temporary exhibitions.
Opened in 1950 to house the grand collection of mining magnate Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, since 2000, the library has been housed in the grounds of Dublin Castle — a move that was made in commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Beatty's birth. On the ground floor of the library, you'll find a gift shop and the Silk Road Café.
In the grounds of Dublin Castle, most visitors to the Chester Beatty Library self-guide through the exhibitions, though there are free tours on Wednesdays at 1pm and on Sundays at 3 and 4pm. Entry is free. It's open from 10am-5pm Monday to Friday, 11am-5pm on Saturday, and from 1-5pm on Sunday (closed Mondays from November to February).