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  • L'herbier des Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques et ses quelque six millions d’échantillons est un des plus importants au monde. Quant au jardin, il abrite de magnifiques collections de plantes vivantes.
  • Site internet du Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques


  • Le FMAC a pour missions de développer la présence de l’art dans l’espace public et de soutenir les artistes actifs et actives à Genève. Le FMAC gère la Médiathèque, un espace de consultation et de diffusion d’une collection dédiée à l'art vidéo. Le FMAC Mobile, par ses actions de médiation, favorise l’intérêt et la compréhension des publics pour le domaine de l’art contemporain.
  • Page web du Fonds municipal d’art contemporain


  • Avec une collection riche de 25'000 objets illustrant douze siècles de culture céramique, le Musée Ariana compte parmi les grands musées européens spécialisés dans les arts du feu.
  • Site internet du Musée Ariana


  • Les Musées d’art et d’histoire forment le plus grand ensemble muséal de Suisse, avec ses cinq musées et leurs 700'000 objets, sa bibliothèque et ses ateliers de restauration.
  • Site internet des Musées d'art et d'histoire


  • Haut lieu de la réflexion sur les sociétés humaines, le Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, dont les bâtiments se trouvent au boulevard Carl-Vogt propose au travers de ses expositions une variété de lectures anthropologiques des phénomènes sociaux et culturels qui traversent le monde actuel.
  • Site internet du Musée d'ethnographie


  • Le Muséum d’histoire naturelle accueille plus de 250'000 visiteurs chaque année à la découverte des millions de spécimens exceptionnels appartenant au patrimoine naturel qu'il conserve. Unique en son genre en Suisse, le Musée d'histoire des sciences - affilié au Muséum - abrite une collection d'instruments scientifiques anciens issus des cabinets des savants genevois du 17e au 19e siècle.
  • Site internet du Muséum d'histoire naturelle
    Site internet du Musée d'histoire des sciences

Collections

An encyclopaedic mission

Walking around the park, you’ll come across sculptures dotted around the grounds, including a bust of The Musée Ariana has a collection of over 25,000 ceramic, glass and stained glass pieces, illustrating twelve centuries of creation in these fields, ranging from medieval to contemporary items and coming from Switzerland, Europe, the Near East and the Far East. Occupying a unique place in Switzerland, this institution is one of the great European museums specializing in what are known in French as the “arts of fire”.
The Musée Ariana, which opened in 1884, was originally built to contain the encyclopaedic collections of its founder Gustave Revilliod (1817-1890), who left the objects, the building and the vast park surrounding it to the City of Geneva. On Revilliod’s death, his faithful steward Godefroy Sidler was appointed curator of the Ariana and wrote the first catalogue of the collections.
In the early 20th century, the Ariana gradually fell into oblivion, as it was too far out from the city centre and suffered from competition from the new Museum of Art and History that opened in 1910. The Ariana kept its independence from the "big museum" until the 1930s, when Waldemar Deonna, Director of the Museum of Art and History, decided to regroup the collections in order to increase the attractiveness of both institutions and eliminate the coexistence of two encyclopaedic museums in Geneva. At his suggestion, the Genevan Administrative Council decided that the Ariana should become a ceramics museum.
Revilliod’s other collections (weapons, furniture, painting, etc.) were therefore moved to the Museum of Art and History, and all the ceramic pieces in the latter’s collections (except those from Antiquity), together with those of the Fol Museum and the Museum of Decorative Arts, came to the Ariana.
In the same spirit, the Musée Ariana received from the Museum of Art and History in 1986 its collections of glass from post-Antiquity, and then, in 2000, those of stained glass.

A lasting heritage

The Revilliod ceramics and glass collections, despite any gaps they may have, form the real basis of the museum’s holdings today.
The special features of this collection: encyclopaedic vision, East-West links and a place for contemporary works, still gives the Ariana today its specific character and originality. The collections added during regrouping in the 1930s have certainly greatly enriched particular areas, especially the local, industrial and contemporary holdings, though without fundamentally altering the institution’s global positioning.
The Musée Ariana continues today the encyclopaedic mission initiated by its founder.