The Musée Ariana 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.

Built between 1877 and 1884, the museum is shaped by Neo-Classical and Neo-Baroque elements and is situated 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.



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Founded: 1877
Category: Museums in Switzerland


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Dietrich Hunter (10 months ago)
The grounds surrounding the Ariana were absolutely stunning. One of the best photo ops for this trip.
N Georgieva (11 months ago)
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.
Justyn Muffett (13 months ago)
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.
Justyn Muffett (13 months ago)
Poor. Beautiful building, sparsely filled. You have to pay for the exhibition downstairs. An outdated approach to museums. Consequently very quiet. Not worth bothering with
Anita Hill (13 months ago)
Beautiful museum with a huge collection, exhibits make it easy to learn about and appreciate what you're looking at.
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