NEW IN THE BOTANICAL GARDEN:

THE BIOTOPIA LAB

We are opening with an exciting fall holiday program
from November 2nd to 8th, 2020

As an interim platform, the BIOTOPIA Lab offers a taste of BIOTOPIA, its vision and values. It is a dynamic exhibition space, an event platform and an experimental workshop all at the interface of science, art, design and culture. At the same time, the BIOTOPIA Lab offers an insight into the development process of the new museum.

With workshops, raised garden beds, a laboratory kitchen, changing mystery objects and special exhibitions as well as interdisciplinary events, it arouses curiosity about the topics of BIOTOPIA and invites people to engage with the current status of project.

Our opening week is from November 2nd to 8th, 2020 and begins with a great fall holiday program: Take part in exciting experiments and explore life through interesting hands-on activities! 

Find out more about our current program and get a look behind the scenes of the BIOTOPIA Lab, be sure to follow our social media channels.

Regular Opening Times

(On public holidays and during the school vacations there are extended opening hours)

Monday to Friday:                                1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday:                       10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Birdly Flight Simulator can be tried out Thurs-Sun during regular opening hours. The drop in activities will initially only take place on weekends.

A pre-reservation of max. 5 tickets (always on the hour for 60 minutes each) is possible via eventbrite.
But you can also just drop by - we keep spaces free for the drop-in audience!

To comply with the corona protective measures, we are limiting the number of visitors in the BIOTOPIA Lab. Please bring your masks with you and understand if you have to wait a bit at peak times.

Design drawing
Design drawing of Konstantin Landuris studio - status 2017.
Eat-Studio
This is the program area for activities related to nutrition.
Lab Area
In this area there are demonstrations of interactive programs and courses.
Workshop Area
During the day there are work tables for group activities, in the evening this part can be converted into a function room.
Exhibition Area
Here you get a foretaste of BIOTOPIA: With background information on the new building and insight into the construction progress, thematically changing pop-up exhibitions and the flight simulator "Birdly".
Sitting Area
This area serves as an informal meeting place for groups and individual visitors as well as a place for film screenings and discussions in small groups.
  • Design drawing
    Design drawing of Konstantin Landuris studio - status 2017.
  • Eat-Studio
    This is the program area for activities related to nutrition.
  • Lab Area
    In this area there are demonstrations of interactive programs and courses.
  • Workshop Area
    During the day there are work tables for group activities, in the evening this part can be converted into a function room.
  • Exhibition Area
    Here you get a foretaste of BIOTOPIA: With background information on the new building and insight into the construction progress, thematically changing pop-up exhibitions and the flight simulator "Birdly".
  • Sitting Area
    This area serves as an informal meeting place for groups and individual visitors as well as a place for film screenings and discussions in small groups.

EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS, EVENTS - AREAS AND PROGRAMS

Exhibition space with interactive installations and a workshop area with a laboratory kitchen comprise 350 square meters. The total area is designed for a maximum number of visitors of up to 99 people (under normal conditions without corona restrictions).

In the exhibition area, visitors can investigate curious mystery objects, interact withse an architectural model and media station to learn about the current state of the museum project, fly over Bavaria as a bird in a Virtual Reality flight simulator called Birdly or get inspired by our partners in the Bavarian Natural History Network by exploring their public offerings.

Copyrights: slideshow & animation: Interior design - Konstantin Landuris Studio

  • Dr. Auguste von Bayern, Vorstandsvorsitzende Förderkreis BIOTOPIA

    Dr. Auguste von Bayern, Vorstandsvorsitzende Förderkreis BIOTOPIA

    „Das mit Hilfe des Förderkreises BIOTOPIA Naturkundemuseum Bayern e.V. zum Großteil durch unsere großzügige Unterstützerin, die BayWa Stiftung, ermöglichte BIOTOPIA Lab ist für uns ein wichtiger Schritt auf dem Weg zu BIOTOPIA. Damit ist ein erster Raum verfügbar, in dem man den „BIOTOPIA Spirit“ schon einmal erleben kann. BIOTOPIA kann hier seine wichtige Funktion als Bildungs- und Diskussionsforum für die so zukunftsentscheidenden „Life Science“ Themen, also Bio-, Geo- und Umweltwissenschaften und als Schnittstelle zwischen Wissenschaft, Gesellschaft, Politik und Wirtschaft mehr und mehr entfalten. Und wir haben hier endlich einen Ort wo man auf neutralem Boden und wissenschaftlich fundiert neue Nachhaltigkeitskonzepte, Klimaschutz, Gentechnik und Pandemien und die globale Biodiversitätskrise diskutieren, vor allem aber kreative Lösungsansätze erörtern und entwickeln kann.“
  • Maria Thon, Managing Dicector of the BayWa Foundation

    Maria Thon, Managing Dicector of the BayWa Foundation

    „In the BIOTOPIA Lab young people get the chance to approach nature and science in an open-minded way. They receive fascinating impulses and can sharpen their senses at the same time. Especially the communication of knowledge about nutrition is very important to me. With the support of the BIOTOPIA Lab we as BayWa Foundation would like to contribute to the fact that numerous children can discover this world of experience and learning. "

    To the BayWa foundation

  • Tanja Seiner, designer and curator of Fungi for Future

    Tanja Seiner, designer and curator of Fungi for Future

    „The variety of appearances and functions of fungi is incredibly large throughout the living world in nature as well as in human everyday life. It remains exciting for the future to see how much potential lies dormant in this still largely unexplored realm of organisms."
  • Dr. Dora Dzvonyar, Head of BIOTOPIA Lab

    Dr. Dora Dzvonyar, Head of BIOTOPIA Lab

    „The BIOTOPIA Lab is a place of experiences, discoveries and learning. Here we offer exciting formats for all ages – for school classes, families and the interested public – and develop new ones in cooperation with the visitors. The Lab also lets us dive into topics that are important to BIOTOPIA in the form of special exhibitions. We are happy to have a physical space where we can already get in contact with future BIOTOPIA visitors."
  • Dr. Michael Apel, Director of Museum Mensch und Natur

    Dr. Michael Apel, Director of Museum Mensch und Natur

    „The BIOTOPIA Lab is the bridge between the Museum Mensch und Natur and the upcoming BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern. Many of the popular workshop programs, for example on the topic of nutrition, are continued and further developed here, but also new exhibition elements and event formats are tested. Of course, it is not a replacement for the previous museum, but it is an important step on the way to a great new house, which will face the pressing questions of our time."
  • Dr. Hubert Gruber, Director of the Archbishop's Maria-Ward-Gymnasium Nymphenburg

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

    „Why wander far when good is so near?" This variation of Goethe's famous words applies in a very special way to our grammar school, which is very fortunate to have the BIOTOPIA Lab, a unique extracurricular place of learning, integrated into its lessons. This is all the more true because the LAB offers with workshop character not only represent an optimal supplement to the lessons in the biological-chemical subjects, but also fit perfectly with the scientific focus of interest of our girls' school."
  • Konstantin Landuris, Architecture & Design BIOTOPIA Lab

    Konstantin Landuris, Architecture & Design BIOTOPIA Lab

    „In close cooperation with the engineers and scientists of Biotopia we were able to realize a trend-setting concept for the Biotopia LAB architecture and exhibition. It was an outstanding task to create a futuristic hub that fascinates and amazes young and old. The changeable floor plan allows a wide range of usage scenarios in its open areas. It was an exciting process to develop a holistic design concept in which architecture and design flow smoothly into the exhibition object. Under futuristic acoustic panels made of grown mushroom mycelium you can find living caterpillars, virtual reality experiences and many mysterious objects from nature and biotechnology."
    SUPPORT BIOTOPIA

    Get involved in BIOTOPIA - with a donation, membershipor project-related support. We look forward to growing a group of committed people to actively support BIOTOPIA throughout the development phase.

    If you are interested, please contact Anette Meister (Fundraising), at 089-17861-424 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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    BIOTOPIA Newsletter

    News

    As a foretaste of BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern, the BIOTOPIA Lab in the Botanical Garden Munich will open its doors to all curious visitors who want to experience science first hand - with free admission. Flying over Berchtesgaden with the interactive VR-bird flight simulator Birdly, cultivating a mini-biotope in a glass or exploring microorganisms in their own water sample - the BIOTOPIA Lab offers on 350 m2 exhibition space and workshop area with its own experimental kitchen a variety of possibilities to discover science up close in a dialogue-oriented atmosphere and to spontaneously become a researcher yourself.

    More information and press release (German)

    We proudly announce that BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern is joining the Global Coalition for Biodiversity,  as the first official member from Germany. The Global Coalition calls for strong mobilisation of all national parks, research centers, science and natural history museums, botanic gardens, zoos, aquariums, and beyond to unite forces and make their voices heard about the nature crisis ahead of the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in 2021. After the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, BIOTOPIA also becomes the 2nd Natural History Museum worldwide to join the Coalition.

    Download Press Release 2019

     

    In June 2020, the Museum Mensch und Natur celebrated its 30th anniversary - unfortunately, due to the Corona Pandemic, however, without a celebration or other public event. Since the museum has become very popular with many visitors over the past 30 years, this anniversary is now being honored with a launch in Google Arts & Culture.

    Use the search function to select the Museum Mensch und Natur and get the opportunity to explore selected stories and objects. In addition, you can even visit our museum virtually via various museum views. Take your time to look at some of the most popular objects and maybe you will feel like visiting the museum live again.

    Google Arts & Culture

    A provocative call for the transformation of science museums into "idea colliders" that spark creative collaborations and connections. Gorman focuses on the dialogue between scientists and artists, designers, policymakers, and the public and considers the questions, ideas and experiences of each visitor as an important resource for a new kind of museum experience. The book can be ordered online in English and provides exciting insights into the planned BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern in Munich and giving forward-looking models of science engagement around the world.

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