Terms of Service

These General Terms of Use govern access to and use of the “Musée Ariana Online Collections website” (hereinafter the Site) accessible at the URL https://www.musee-ariana.ch/collections by any user. We invite you to read these Terms of Use carefully.

The Site is made available to the public by the Musée Ariana, Swiss Museum for Ceramics and Glass, an institution belonging to the City of Geneva.

By accessing and using the Site, you acknowledge that you have read and understood these Terms of Use, and you agree to submit to them without reservation. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use and Service, please do not use our Site.

The Site is the property of the City of Geneva; its contents are managed by the Musée Ariana, for which you will find all the contact details on its institutional website, accessible at the URL https://www.musee-ariana.ch.

Its structure is implemented by the Direction des systèmes d'information et de communication de la Ville de Genève (DSIC) [Direction for Information and Communication Systems of the City of Geneva (DSIC)].

The design and architecture of the Site were realized by the agency “Inovae, digital makers”.

The Musée Ariana team wishes you an excellent visit to its Site, looking forward to meeting you in person within our walls!

Data protection on the Site

No personal data is recorded when accessing the Site set up by the Ariana Museum.

The Internet server only stores non-personal usage data which highlights trends on which we are improving our offer (log files).

This Site uses Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies, which are text files placed on your computer, helping the website to analyze how users use the Site. The data generated by the cookies concerning your use of the Site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers located in the United States. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the Site, compiling reports on Site activity for its website operators and providing other services relating to Site activity and the use of Internet. Google may communicate this data to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process this data on Google’s behalf, including in particular the publisher of this Site. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You can refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this Site. By using this Website, you expressly consent to the processing of your personal data by Google in the manner and for the purposes described above.

This Website collects personal data only to provide the services requested by the user, for example questions sent by email, subscription to a newsletter or geolocation. The transmission of this data is always done on a voluntary basis. The user may at any time waive their consent. These data are only used for this purpose and are not passed on to third parties.

Intellectual property and use of content

All data and information on the Site, whether texts, images or multimedia content such as videos or audio resources, are the exclusive property of the City of Geneva or may be protected by intellectual property rights, in particular copyright or trademark law.

Documents downloadable on the Site, such as lists of works and their images, may be used only for private use.

Any other use must be the subject of a request for authorization from the Musée Ariana, through the "Contact" link that you find at the bottom of the Site’s pages.

If you want to publish an image, you must first ask for its reproduction in order to obtain authorization and/or a quality file suitable for publication. This request can be made directly from the “detailed page” of a piece on the Site, by clicking on the "Order HD picture" button located under the image of the viewed work, at the bottom right.

Quoting the sources

For all purposes, the source of texts, images and multimedia information must be quoted in the following ways.

Musée Ariana, followed by the mentions below depending on the case:

  • inventory number > to refer to a work of art
  • inventory number and photographic credit > to refer to the image of the item
  • Collections Online site, [url address], consulted on dd.mm.yyyy > to refer to a page in general


Musée Ariana, AR 2016-400

Musée Ariana, AR 2016-400, photo by Mauro Magliani and Barbara Piovan

Musée Ariana, Collections Online site, https://www.musee-ariana.ch/collections/thematique/bleu-et-blanc, consulted on 14.07.2021

For knowledge sharing, we are interested in knowing any work based, even partially, on the information and documents you have consulted on our Site.


The Musée Ariana Museum promotes and supports knowledge sharing and the dissemination of knowledge through public participation as crowdsourcing. This concept makes it possible to implement and share forms of collective intelligence, skills and know-how of the public.

We apply it here to help enrich knowledge about our collections. If you have additional information on one or more of the works presented on our Site, you can share it with the Musée Ariana. To do so, you can use the "Contribute" link on the “detailed page” of each item.

Indication du lien Contribuer sur la page détaillée d'une oeuvre des Collections en ligne Ariana, pour le crowdsourcing


The original version of this Site is in French. Partial translations are available in three other languages: German, English and Italian.

Translated parts: the menu labels and search fields, the titles of the information blocks in the Work and Author “detailed pages”. Some texts appearing in "Our stories" or "Collections / I discover…" will also be progressively translated.

Untranslated parts: Several pieces of information are imported from our database which includes descriptions of works and authors. This information is directly generated as a result of your research and cannot be translated at this time. They are therefore in French. Nevertheless, you can use the translators offered on the Internet to assist you in understanding these pages.