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Musee 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. PutMusee Ariana into our Geneva trip itinerary builder tool and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This is one of the most beautiful museum that I have been to. It is free admission thanks to its founder and donors. Below is the history of the museum and its content. “Astute collector... 
    This is one of the most beautiful museum that I have been to. It is free admission thanks to its founder and donors. Below is the history of the museum and its content. “Astute collector...  more »
  • If you like ceramics, porcelain, and glass - take the time to see this museum. It's a good overview of various influences and styles. The building and grounds are worth a walk around! 
    If you like ceramics, porcelain, and glass - take the time to see this museum. It's a good overview of various influences and styles. The building and grounds are worth a walk around!  more »
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  • The ceramics museum is surprisingly quite nice and interesting. The building itself is like a basilica and has a splendid architecture. You can find some amazing work ranging from porcelain, china work, bone architectures, etc. decades old. All the displayed stuff is really nice, the luxury rooms with all the art works and the contemporary areas are so good. They even have arm chairs where you can just lay back and chill. The staff is also quite friendly and helpful.
  • Interesting museum in Geneva devoted to ceramic and glass artwork. Its also known as Swiss museum of ceramic and glass. The collection contains roughly 20,000 objects from the last thousand years. It is located near to Palace of Nation (United nations office in Geneva ). Worth to visit.

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