Chester Beatty Library...let's­ meetup for a guided tour of

  • October 20, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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A real treat in store for a pre-booked guided tour for our history group on Sunday. Let's meet @ 3pm for coffee/snack in the lovely coffee shop, Silk Road Cafe, inside the library on ground floor. Our private tour kicks off at 4pm for an hour, €3per person payable at reception. If you can't meet for coffee then please meet at reception desk for 4pm. Just announce that you are with Mary from the History Meetup group. The library is in the grounds of Dublin Castle so you can enter at main gates on Dame St (facing Olympia Theatre) or the rear entrance. We visited the library on Culture night but was self guided for us and very busy so this opportunity is perfect for us to get acquainted with the library's treasures.

Chester Beatty library is described by the Lonely Planet as not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe. As the only museum in Ireland to win 'European Museum of the Year', the library's rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world.

Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete this amazing collection - all the result of the collecting activities of one man - Sir Alfred Chester Beatty [masked]). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day.
(www.cbl.ie)

Look forward to seeing you for coffee at 3-4pm or at start of tour at 4pm at reception desk in library. Do not book yourself on any other tour as the museum ... You will only cause confusion. 


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  • Eileen

    The tour guide was brilliant. I look forward to Part 2 of the Tour!

    October 21, 2013

  • Joseph K

    Many thanks Mary for orgainsing the tour, it was very informative. It's a beautiful museum.

    October 20, 2013

    • Mary

      Joseph it was a pleasure...I feel today's guided tour was just the tip of the iceberg with regard to Chester Beatty's treasures. See you soon.

      1 · October 20, 2013

  • Elizabeth K

    Love your tours Mary thanks a million x

    1 · October 20, 2013

    • Mary

      Thanks that's very sweet of you to say. Really it wouldn't be half the fun without the members, we really have a great group so long may we enjoy our common interests.

      1 · October 20, 2013

  • Bernie G.

    Trying to add +2 on my rsvp but, my IT skills deficient.
    Hope I can bring friends. Looking forward to meeting you all again

    October 20, 2013

    • Ignacio C.

      I guess you can't because there are people in the waiting list already

      October 20, 2013

    • Christine

      Also, I set up meet ups so that people are limited to bring one friend, so that group members get 1st preference ;-)

      October 20, 2013

  • Peig M.

    Thanks for that Mary. See you tomorrow:)

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Mary

    Ladies and gentleman .... Our tour is pre-booked .... No need for you to do anything except show up :) of course you can do some research if you wish on Chester himself.

    October 18, 2013

    • Mary

      Great see you Sunday.

      October 19, 2013

  • anita

    Damn - how did I miss this? I can't make it this time but I'll keep my eyes peeled for future dates. Enjoy and I'll see you at the next one...... :)

    October 18, 2013

  • Peig M.

    Hi Mary, looking forward to the guided tour and to meeting up with the group again. See you at the cafe at 3.00pm!!

    October 18, 2013

    • Mary

      Peg that's great ... Equally look forward to meeting up again.

      October 18, 2013

  • Bernie S

    Hi Mary, I hope to make it by 3pm in the cafe.
    Do you think we need to book for the tour in advance?
    Bernie

    October 18, 2013

    • Mary

      Please don't book anything. I've taken care of our group for a 4pm private tour.

      October 18, 2013

  • Elizabeth K

    I will leave my name on the list and see if anyone drops out.

    October 18, 2013

  • Esperança Padilla R.

    I love this museum. I'll go, just let us now if eventually appointment changes (I don't want more bad experiences of the type I-am-here-where's-people)

    October 18, 2013

    • Christine

      Hi Esperanca - take a good look at the photos ... at least you might recognise some people! If you're at the reception desk for the tour start time, you should be okay :-)

      October 18, 2013

  • Claire

    They have tours every Sunday, as far as I'm aware. I'm also going to the Bolshoi, so could we do it the following Sunday?

    October 18, 2013

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