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.
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  • One day of those Easter I found myself choosing among the open museums to visit and I found myself in front of this beautiful building with a rich collection of majolica from the world and an equally rich bookshop. Great break fast-food.
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  • We came here by chance, in the sense that we had not planned the visit, and we knew immediately that it was worth stopping. Already only the building in which it is located is fabulous, it also has collections of ceramics and glass really spectacular. You must see it absolutely! Admission is free.
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  • Was walking around the park area around the UN (Ariana Park) and happened upon this building. The fountain and the building behind it looked really nice. Didn't have time to go in but would have been interesting to do so. Probably worth the time if you do like intricate buildings.
  • Free for the permanent exhibits. Good place if you're interested in ceramics and glass. Nothing amazing if you're not into this type of art. Nice if you have 1-2 hrs to spend.
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