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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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  • One of my favorite places to visit in Geneva. A free entry museum showing the history of porcelain. There is a small cosy restaurant on the first floor where you can taste amazing local cuisine for normal prices. I recommend the place.
  • Exhibits very disappointing. Overall - boring. Staff helpful, beautiful building. You have to pay for the exhibits downstairs. Worst museum I've been in for a long time in terms of what they are showing and how they are showing it. Needs improving,a lot.

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