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Musee Ariana

avenue de la Paix 10, Geneva 1202, Switzerland
+41 22 418 54 50
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Built in the Italian baroque style and crowned with a cupola, it was constructed between 1877 and 1884 by the art patron Gustave Revilliod to house his vast and eclectic collections. He bequeathed the museum and its surrounding park to the City of Geneva in 1890. Today it is known as the Swiss Museum for Ceramics and Glass. In the Musée Ariana are to be found the various ceramics and glass collections belonging to the City of Geneva. It is the only museum in Switzerland devoted entirely to ceramic and glass art and occupies an important place in this field.The collections, comprising more than 25,000 objects, illustrate seven centuries of ceramics ranging from Europe to the Far East. All the principal techniques are represented: earthenware, faïence, stoneware and porcelain. The collection of Middle Eastern ceramics and an important group of Oriental export porcelain highlight the interactions between the Orient and Europe.
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Reviewed August 5, 2016

This free museum is worth a visit because of the building which is magnificent inside ad a wonderful collection of all kinds ceramics Very little of the exhibition is in English

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Reviewed July 25, 2016

Back in 1980 the restoration of Geneva's Ariana Museum was the subject of considerable polemic. Should the 19th-century building be unchanged, as specified by Gustave Revilliod in his will, or improved with more modern technology? Should the magnificent staircase that was initially foreseen actually be...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2016

This is a ceramics museum but in a very nice building and surroundings. While the decriptions of the exhibits are in French, it is still worth a visit, free entry!

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Reviewed July 14, 2016

What a curious and lovely surprise this free museum is. The lovely building, which looks like it belongs at Versailles, was built by and for a wealthy man so he could warehouse and showcase his extensive glass and ceramics collection. If you go this summer...More

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Reviewed July 7, 2016

This museum is situated very near the UN HQ in Geneva. The premises is very goid with a fountain and a nice building. The museum is free to ebter.

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Reviewed June 19, 2016

I love this Museum they have a excellent ceramic collection and glass art work The collection is the only one of its kind in Switzerland.I would recommend for a visit .

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Reviewed June 5, 2016

Not the most exciting museum, but some very interesting pieces. It's a lot of plates and cups. All the descriptions are in French, so if you speak the language or are an art buff you'll appreciate it more. Free wifi, a cafe, and nice staff.

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Reviewed May 10, 2016

The visit, while not long, was charming. The museum if free, but the temporary exhibit costs 3 CHF (a bargain). Downstairs is their rotating exhibit and today it was ceramics, which was interesting, but poorly lit. The main floor is where you enter, and has...More

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Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

I came to Ariana as the UN is not taking walk-in visitors this week and I wanted something else to do in the area. The building is beautiful from the outside and worth a walk around. Inside is a huge collection of pottery and glassware....More

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Reviewed February 7, 2016

This was never on our radar to visit in Geneva - but we were so pleased we found it! A beautiful building inside and out - worth going to see just for this! The pieces inside won't be for everybody, but it does represent a...More

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