Musée Ariana, Geneva

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The Musée Ariana, also known as the Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre, is a museum in Geneva, Switzerland. It is devoted to ceramic and glass artwork, and contains around 20,000 objects from the last 1,200 years, representing the historic, geographic, artistic and technological breadth of glass and ceramic manufacture during this time. The collection is the only one of its kind in Switzerland.Built between 1877 and 1884, the museum is shaped by Neo-Classical and Neo-Baroque elements and is situated on Avenue de la Paix, near the Palace of Nations. It was built to house the private collection of the Swiss art collector and patron Gustave Revilliod, who named it after his mother, Ariane de la Rive, and later bequeathed it to the city of Geneva. Since 1934 the museum has been a member of Geneva's association of art and history museums, Les Musées d'art et d'histoire Geneve, led by the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire. Subsequently, parts of the collection have been dispatched to other museums while the Musée Ariana has acquired new exhibits in exchange, in order to focus the collection on glass and ceramics.In 1993 the museum was reopened after 12 years of building work.
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  • August 16, 2017
    As ceramic and glass friend a must who is one in Zurich. The individual exhibits are generously equipped and not cramped.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Interesting very nice exhibits some sculptures including the woman veiled really fascinating guglielmi, a staple of Geneva museums
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  • July 21, 2017
    Porcelain and ceramics are interested persons must go. And entry is free, and in a beautiful location and who do not want free and contain code wifi. Garden sit and respite. I have a large collection (although less than details see Turkey as well). The only place we we even favourites like in Geneva.
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  • August 1, 2016
    Absolutely stunning interior and plenty of pieces spanning multiple cultures (mostly European) and centuries. Highly recommend if you are a huge fan of ceramics or glassware but otherwise, it may be a bit dull. The architecture is gorgeous, and the museum is definitely worth a visit if only to walk around the outside and through the gardens surrounding it.
  • October 11, 2016
    Best and unique swiss museum which fully covers worldwide ceramics. The latter making part of the permanent exhibition is free of charge. Outstanding temporary ones are free every 1st Sunday of the month. Open 11 to 18 except Monday.Don't forget to walk around the park, go to the back of the museum and on the lovely terrasse on the 1st floor.
  • April 22, 2016
    Really expansive museum featuring ceramic pieces from different eras and areas of the world. We were lucky to get in during free entrance day.
  • August 9, 2016
    A walk away from the UN and broken chair. Good location with a big park to relax.
  • April 18, 2017
    Fantastic building and the collection!

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