Currently, the 2G plus regulation applies in the BIOTOPIA Lab: Access is only permitted to persons who have been vaccinated or have recovered, can prove this with valid evidence and can also present a current test (antigene test or PCR test). In addition, we are obliged to carry out an identity check.

So please bring your 2G proof, test proof, and photo ID!

The 2G plus rule applies to anyone 14 years or older. From an age of 6 a negative test certificate must be shown.

For students, proof of regular testing at school (student ID) is sufficient as proof of testing.
However, students over the age of 14 must still also show proof of vaccination or recovery.

Eine nachweisbare Booster-Impfung, die mindestens 14 Tage zurückliegt, ersetzt einen aktuellen Test.

Exciting offers for school classes of all grades

Courses on a wide range of topics from biology & environmental science can be booked by school groups in the lab. The contents are aligned to the respective current curricula and learning plans.


By phone: Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Phone: 089 / 179589-120

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note that the processing may take some time.

Over the phone, you will get information about the organization and other offers.

We always pay attention to compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations.
In our hygiene concept (in German) you can find detailed information about regular operations, educational program and events.

A garden area is available in the Botanical Garden for the educational offer in the BIOTOPIA Lab. Below you can learn more about the Biotopia beds.

Current topics

Combined programs with the Museum Mensch und Natur

The Museum Mensch und Natur is becoming BIOTOPIA! The museum's education department is therefore already working closely with the BIOTOPIA Lab and offering combined programs for school classes. Half of each of the following workshops and courses will take place in the museum and half in the BIOTOPIA Lab.
It's all about DNA

DNA is the focus of this workshop. First, we will explore how DNA is constructed and how it is passed on using great objects in the Museum Mensch und Natur. We research how proteins are created and what mutations do. The researchers exchange ideas like at a real science conference, then it's off to the lab. In the BIOTOPIA Lab, we ask questions, formulate hypotheses and isolate DNA from various organisms and from our own oral mucosa.

Type of school: Realschule, Gymnasium, 8th-12th grade
Duration: 3 h
Price: 120 €

What water can do

Quenching thirst, shaping mountains, being a habitat: Water can do that and much more. First, we will explore the many capabilities and functions of water in the Museum Mensch und Natur. Then we will dive into the cold water ourselves and experiment with this exciting element in the BIOTOPIA Lab. Why does an iceberg float? Why does salt not fall to the bottom of the sea? How does water become clean again? We answer these and other questions together in the lab.

Type of school: Elementary school 1st - 4th grade
Duration: 3 h
Price: 120 €

Who lives in the water here?

Water cools us on the beach, can freeze into ice or pelt our umbrellas. But what does it mean to always be surrounded by water? In this workshop we will explore water as a habitat. First, we will explore the importance of water on earth in the Museum Mensch und Natur. Then we will look at the ecosystem of the lake and take a sample ourselves in the botanical garden and microscope the life in water in the BIOTOPIA Lab.

Type of school: Secondary school 5th - 7th grade
Duration: 3 h
Price: 120 €

Workshops in the BIOTOPIA Lab

The following programs for school classes all take place in the BIOTOPIA Lab.

Bare your teeth
you are what you eat

In the Biotopia Lab and in the exhibition Molassic Park - An Expedition to Bavaria's Apes, Primal Elephants and Subtropical Forests, we learn how researchers use bones and teeth to investigate the eating and living habits of different animals and what these reveal to them. We feel the teeth of sheep and hyenas, look at the skull structure of an elephant and rhinoceros, and recognize the difference between carnivores and herbivores. By looking closely at different chewing tools of various mammals, we learn a lot about their way of life and reflect on our lifestyle.

Age groups: 11-20+ years
Duration: 2 h
Price: 85 €

HUMUS sapiens
Soil dwellers, material cycle, ecosystem

How is fertile soil created that produces new plants every year? We get to know a number of tiny creatures that ensure that all animal and plant remains can be broken down and recycled in the soil.

Far more than just the “dirt” under our feet, earth is a truly complex and dynamic ecosystem. Let's explore this invisible world together.

Age groups: 4-20+ years
Duration: 1.5 h or 3 h
Price: 60 or 120 €

Water Worlds
Physics and life in the wet element

Water is a special substance! Thanks to the special properties of the water, many exciting experiments can be carried out with it. We test the physical properties of water and find out why a water strider doesn't sink. When looking through the microscope, we will discover small living beings in our water sample.

Age groups: 6-14 years
Duration: 3 h
Price: 120 €

Art & Science
Draw plants on the stereo magnifier

In science, looking closely, discovering and observing are essential for gaining new insights. New perspectives are opened up by using a binocular. Material brought along or plant material from the botanical garden is magnified and examined closely. We learn interesting facts about the plants and their pollinators. Tips for drawing will be given by the lecturer and draftswoman of the Botanical Garden.

Age groups: 14-20 years
Duration: 3 h
Price: 120 €

The Eternal Garden
Mini-biotope in a jar

In this workshop we will build a bottle garden to take away. At the beginning we talk about which cycles ensure that the garden can survive in isolation. When planting their mini-hermethospheres, we think about the conditions under which stability will arise and which will cause instability. Interventions in ecosystems and our responsibility towards our environment are reflected. At the end the results are presented.

Age groups: 7-18 years
Duration: 2 h
Price: 85 €

For kindergarten groups, a 1.5-hour course can be booked for 60 €.

Code of Life
Isolate your own DNA

The spectrum of this workshop ranges from the discovery of DNA and the peculiarities of the genetic code to the use of the much-discussed “genetically modified organisms”. Depending on the previous knowledge, the mechanisms of protein biosynthesis and epigenetics or the problems of gene therapy can also play a role. In the practical part, we get an insight into molecular biological laboratory work. The DNA is isolated either from your own oral mucosa or from a piece of banana, which becomes visible as a thread-like streak in the test tube.

Age groups: 6–20+ years
Duration: 3 h
Price: 120 €

Kombucha Biodesign
Your own creations from microbial biofilms

With a symbiotic culture of different bacteria and yeasts one can not only produce a tasty and healthy drink (Kombucha). If you dry the slimy biofilm, you get paper or leather-like material. Sustainable solutions for an environmentally friendly life (e.g. vegan leather, clothing or packaging) will be discussed.
This workshop is particularly suitable for formats in which the participants come back to the BIOTOPIA Lab 1-2 weeks after the first session to view the products and take them home.

Age groups: 4-20+ years
Duration: 1,5 or 3 h
Price: 60 or 120 €

Fungi for Future
The world of fungi

What are fungi actually? What do they live on? Where do they play a role in our everyday life? We want to give insights into the world of fungi and their important role as decomposers. To do this, we microscopically examine petri dishes with fungi mycelium, create our own rose oyster mushroom culture and learn how waste paper can be turned into a valuable raw material with the help of mushrooms. The participants should be empowered and gain self-confidence in order to be able to experiment with mushrooms independently. In small groups, the coffee grounds rose oyster mushrooms are given for care.

More about Fungi

Age groups: 4-20+ years
Duration: 1,5 or 3 h
Price: 60 or 120 €


A garden area is available in the Botanical Garden for the educational offer in the BIOTOPIA Lab. Together with students, this garden is planted, cared for and used for various school projects and workshops.

The area emphasizes the understanding of the interactions between different life forms in our environment. Appreciating the diverse relationships between plants and insects provides an awareness of species diversity and biodiversity. The importance of a stable ecosystem becomes clear. Soil as a resource is a focal point of the HUMUS Sapiens workshop.

With the friendly support of: BayWa Stiftung, Botanical Garden and  the POSTCODE lottery

"Why wander far away when the good is so close!" This modification of Goethe's famous words applies in a very special way to our grammar school, which is very fortunate to be able to incorporate the BIOTOPIA Lab, a unique extracurricular learning location into its lessons. The Lab offers not only an optimal addition to the teaching in the biological-chemical subjects, but also fits perfectly with the scientific focus of our girls’s school.

Dr. Hubert Gruber, director of the Archbishop's Maria-Ward-Gymnasium Nymphenburg


BIOTOPIA activities for at home

With an exciting hands-on program, the BIOTOPIA Lab can also be experienced at home. Instructions, experiments and do-it-yourself concepts bring "hands-on science" into your own four walls. BIOTOPIA Lab@Home awakens interest in scientific relationships and provides inspiration for young and old. It gives a taste of the activities in the BIOTOPIA Lab - from bottle gardens or growing your own mushrooms to isolating DNA from vegetables or fruit. Browse the website and find the right experiment for you!

Naturkundemuseum Bayern
Botanisches Institut
Menzinger Str. 67
80638 München, Germany


Phone: +49 (0)89 178 61-411
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sonstige Anfragen:

Phone: +49 (0)89 178 61-422
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

© BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern 2019

BIOTOPIA Newsletter