MUSÉE ARIANA or THE ARIANA MUSEUM, Geneva is profoundly known for its collection of ceramics and glass. The museum houses over 27,000 artefacts. Artefacts collected and vaulted in the museum are from Switzerland, Europe and East. There’s also a debate on what history does the artefacts recites; though it is vastly believed that the history stored in the Musée suisse de la céramique et du verre (Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass) is of 12 centuries of mankind. The Ariana Museum is also considered to be one of the most significant museums of Europe.
Situated in a park on the banks of Lake Geneva this Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass was opened to public in the late 19th century. The museum showcases the artwork of various ages and cultures in;
A brief history: The Ariana Museum
The museum was built in between 1877-1884 as to vault the personal collection of Gustave Revilliod. Gustave Revilliod was a Swiss art collector and a patron. He built this museum for his personal collection of ceramic & glass artefacts and named it after her mother, Ariane de la Rive. Later the museum was bequeathed by him to the city of Geneva.
MUSÉE ARIANA 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 since 1934. Since then, just to keep the museum solely for the collection of ceramics and glass, various artefacts has been exchanged from other museums.
The structure of the museum is inspired by the Neo-Classical and Neo-Baroque elements.