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Review of Musee Ariana

Musee Ariana
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$27.07*
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Geneva Pass
Ranked #18 of 163 things to do in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 29, 2012

It's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I spent a lot of time here. It's free, for one. It focuses solely on ceramics and glass. Definitely get the audioguide for 5 francs; the first time I didn't but got a whole lot more out of it the second, with. The building itself is very pretty. I actually just sat in the little alcove off the main entrance and read for a long while. It's a nice place to hang out, in a little park near the United Nations tour entrance.

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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Tucked away in park right next to the Palais des Nations (the UN building) this museum has a wonderfully understated and well curated collection. The restaurant is lovely, especially for lunch in summer, and the food is of good quality and with a decent range to boot.

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Reviewed October 26, 2012

The Musee Ariana, adjacent to the United Nations facilities on the North bank area of the City, is a large palace converted to show pieces from the museum's large collection of ceramic and glass pieces created over the years. The collection is quite good quality.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

The most impressive expositions were those of Philippe Barde, a Geneva born and based ceramist, and Baldwin & Guggisberg. Wow! The Langenthal porcelaine exposition was worth of seeing too. A very beautiful building with a great sea view. You can take the bus 8 from the station and walk back through the botanical garden.

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Reviewed August 24, 2012

I stumbled across this museum as I thought it was the entrance to the United Nations. This museum is filed with ceramics such as plates and vases. It also has free wifi access. I liked it because there were some pretty funny ceramics with interesting characters on them.

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