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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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avenue de la Paix 10, Geneva 1202, Switzerland
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Built at the end of the 19th Century, this palatial building, set in a lovely, big park, was originally designed to house a museum where ceramics and glass would be displayed alongside paintings, sculpture and more. As you enter the majestic hall, your eyes are...More

Thank Catherine M
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Near the UN. Free except for special exhibits. Nice building and interesting porcelain and some glass. Friendly staff. Was not busy at all when we visited.

Thank Jonathan Y
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Small museum near the UN that deserves attention. Dedicated to porcelain and glass, it's permanent exhibit tells in a clear and interesting way the history of porcelain, but also the relations Asia-Europe.

Thank Lou787
kikoikomen, Responsable relations publiques at Musee Ariana, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2017

Thank you for this useful description😀

Reviewed 29 June 2017

It is an average museum but it is worth visiting. It is a walk away from the Chair and the UN headquarter in Geneva.

Thank Scottie B
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Genevan art collector Gustave Revilliod built this palatial estate to house his collection of ceramics & glass, as well as paintings, coins, books & other objects. He bequeathed the mansion, collection & extensive grounds to the city of Geneva. The entrance way is particularly spectacular...More

Thank OneWayVancouver
Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

If you are in Geneva and have an hour or two to spare, the Ariana ceramic museum exhibition is certainly worth a visit. Besides the beautiful pieces on display, the history of ceramics in Europe, and the artful arrangement of the pieces, makes this not...More

Thank George T
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Beautiful building housing two floors of ceramics and glass in a variety of styles, cultures, and sizes. Nice place to check out, since it's free, and just down the street from the United Nations.

2  Thank lovetogo1950
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Hidden gem. Beautiful exhibits, what a wonderful building. Ceramics, glass, porcelain pieces. Coffee on terrace on a lovely sunny day. Definately return.

Thank mas5
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Lived in Geneva since 1978 but it took me until 2010 to walk in this monumental structure, certainly among the top ten most beautiful buildings in the country without a doubt. the ceramic collections are wonderful and free to visit, the temporary exhibits have so...More

1  Thank hask74
Reviewed 3 March 2017

The building was built as a private museum that was later donated to the city. It is very beautiful. They have a permanent exhibition on ceramics and porcelain and visiting exhibits too.

Thank grossetti
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