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Irish Cultural, Tourism & Museum Sites

Irish Museum of Modern Art - the main national collection of modern art, both national and international, in Ireland.

National Gallery of Ireland - with a collection spanning the 14th to the 20th century, the National Gallery has works by renowned Irish, British and European masters.

National Museum of Ireland - the national collection covering Ireland's art, material culture and natural history.

Crawford Art Gallery - a collection of over 2000 works, ranging from 18th century Irish and European painting and sculpture to contemporary video installations.

The Hunt Museum - a wide-ranging and eclectic collection of art and antiquities, dating from the Neolithic to the 20th century, but particularly strong on medieval material.

Dublin Castle - built between 1208 and 1220, this complex represents some of the oldest surviving architecture in the city of Dublin and was the centre of English power in Ireland.

National Archives of Ireland - the government and national records collection of Ireland.

National Library of Ireland - the National Library has approximately 1000,000 books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, publications, prints and drawings of Irish interest.

Marsh's Library - a Library of over 25,000 books dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries on science, music, law, languages, medicine and travel.

The Abbey Theatre - home of Ireland's premier theatre, responsible for the promotion and development of Irish theatre and drama.

National Concert Hall - stages and promotes a programme of national and international musicians and orchestras, playing classical, jazz, traditional Irish and World music.

Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht - Government of Ireland policy-making department in the three sections of tourism, sport and the arts.

The Arts Council - the principal arts funding and advisory body of Ireland, responsible for stimulating public interest in and promoting the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts.

The Heritage Council - responsible for the protection of the architecture, wildlife, inland waterways and archaeology of Ireland together with the responsibility to promote interest, education, knowledge and pride in Irish heritage.

Irish Museums Association - the IMA is a voluntary, not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting the interests of museums and those who work in them throughout Ireland, both north and south.

Tourism Ireland - official agency responsible for marketing the island of Ireland overseas as a holiday destination. 

Dublin Bus - offers cultural and diverse sight-seeing tours in and around Dublin.

The Irish Professional Conservators' & Restorers' Association (IPCRA) - Ireland's largest association of trained and experienced conservators and restorers working to preserve the island's heritage.

The Institution for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in Ireland (ICHAWI) - the main objective for which the Institute was established is: To promote for the benefit of Ireland the preservation of Historic and Artistic works therein.

International Cultural & Museum Sites

Asia-Europe Museums Network ASEMUS - website of a consortium of Asian and European museums.  The Chester Beatty Library is involved in several ASEMUS projects including:
The Virtual Collection of Masterpieces - a website featuring great artworks from museums across Asia and Europe including the CBL, as well as videos and stories about those artworks; the ASEMUS Travelling Exhibition on portraiture Self and Other: Portraits from Asia and Europe; and education exchange projects.

Islamic Art Museum Malaysia - Southeast Asia's largest collection of Islamic art, housing more than 7000 artefacts. 

Victoria and Albert Museum - as one of the world's leading museums of art and design, the V&A's mission is to enrich people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

British Library - with a collection of over 150 million items, the Library is the premier historical research facility In Britain. It receives a copy of every publication produced in Britain and Ireland.

British Museum - holds in trust for Britain and the world a collection of art and antiquities from ancient and living cultures, spanning two million years of human history.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe.

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco - one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.

Asia Society - global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States.

Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and The Arthur M Sackler Gallery - the national museum of Asian art for the United States of America.

The Silk Road Project -  inspired by the cultural traditions of the historic Silk Road, the Project has a vision of connecting the world’s neighborhoods by bringing together artists and audiences around the globe.

International Dunhuang Project (IDP) - information and images about manuscripts, paintings, textiles and other artefacts from the Silk Road.

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology - One of the world's oldest public museums with wide-ranging collections of Western, Eastern, Classical and Islamic objects.

Art Guide: the Art Lover's Guide to Britain and Ireland - portal site to the art collections and museums of Britain and Ireland.

Museums Association - represents the people and institutions constituting Britain's museums and galleries.

American Association of Museums - national organisation representing the museum sector in the USA.

The Conservation Register - lists information on accredited conservator-restorers in the UK and Ireland.

National Preservation Office - provides an independent focus for the preservation of and continuing accessibility to library and archive materials held in the UK and Ireland.

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris - includes the Old Library of the Irish College, the Irish College Archives (records of the College during its time as a seminary), and a modern resources centre on contemporary Ireland.