The Ariana Museum, also known as the Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass, is located on the grounds adjoining the United Nations in an admired neo-baroque and neo-classical villa. Dedicated to kiln crafts, the museum includes stoneware, porcelain, pottery and glass from Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Over 20,000 objects cover seven centuries representing the historic, geographic, artistic and technological breadth of glass and ceramic manufacture during this time. The collection illustrates how Europe's tastes evolved and how artisans around the world stepped up to meet demand, even in challenging times.
8. MAISON TAVEL
Built in the 12th century by the wealthy Maison family, Maison Tavel is one of the oldest houses in Geneva. Across the six storeys, there are artefacts which focus on the city's history and objects of daily life in Geneva from the Middle Ages through to the late 1800s.
There is a short film to watch on the first floor that showcases Geneva's development (available in English, French, and German). And the attic has an impressive scale model of Geneva from the late 1800s when walls still surrounded the city. Medieval graffiti in the basement of the house is another highlight.
9. MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
The largest museum of its kind in Switzerland, Geneva's Museum of Natural History holds complete collections of Swiss flora and fauna, as well as geological exhibits from the local area. There are five floors of exhibits with a special emphasis on the ecological history of Switzerland.
You can see Janus, a two-headed turtle (it's actually two turtles with one body), plus dinosaurs, sea life and birds. There is a life-size model menagerie of bears, foxes, alligators, aardvarks and other animals from around the world too.
WHERE TO STAY
Fraser Suites Geneva is in the heart of the city in the prestigious shopping and business district of Rue du Marché. The fully-furnished luxury and spacious serviced apartments have separate kitchen, dining and living areas so you feel at home while staying in town. There's an onsite gym and a dining room for breakfast, plus a 24-hour reception and concierge service available.
Written by Laura Porter - Travel writer for Frasers Hospitality
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