Pop Up Exhibition in the BIOTOPIA Lab

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    Due to the current corona situation, the opening of the BIOTOPIA Lab to the public is postponed.

    BIOTOPIA Lab @ Home

    BIOTOPIA activities for at home

    However, you can still experience the Lab from now on: The BIOTOPIA team is working on digital and analog formats, experiments and DIY concepts with great commitment to bring you hands-on science to your home until the opening. "BIOTOPIA Lab @ Home" wants to arouse interest in scientific contexts and give you a small foretaste of the activities in the BIOTOPIA Lab - from the bottle garden or your own mushroom cultivation for home-use to the isolation of DNA from vegetables and fruits. We also plan to take a look behind the scenes of the lab with the lab experts, which hopefully will make you look forward to your visit in the near future!



    When you think of mushrooms, you might think of the typical mushrooms in the forest, like here: but mushrooms have a lot more to offer!

    The world of fungi is immensely diverse. It is estimated that there are up to 3.8 million species of fungi-over 90 per cent of which may still be unknown. Just as plants and animals make up two kingdoms of life, fungi make up their own kingdom in nature.

    Fungi are present everywhere in our environment: we inhale fungal spores floating in the air with every breath, they can be found in our bodies and on our skin, as mould on fruit and in buildings, as yeast in beer and bread, as a widely branched mycelium network under the earth or in lichens on trees and stones.

    The Power of Fungi

    Fungi can be harmful and cause serious diseases in plants, animals and people. At the same time, life as we know it would not be possible without them: as decomposers, they convert organic waste back into the cycle of life.

    Humans have always made use of fungi in many ways and are still discovering more and more species in this largely unexplored realm of organisms. This leads to promising applications for our future, such as new materials that could replace plastics and open up a path to an oil-free future.

    The more we learn about these organisms, the clearer it becomes how they shape our everyday lives.

    Discover with us the power of these fascinating organisms!

    nat-2 ™ has developed vegan sneakers made from tinder fungus (Fomes fomentarius).

    "Veiled Lady III" stool, inspired by a stinkhorn © Studio Klarenbeek & Dros.

    Lichen is a symbiotic community of fungi and green algae and / or cyanobacteria.

    '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.'

    Tanja Seiner, designer and curator of Fungi for Future

    In her exhibitions, the designer and curator Tanja Seiner investigates current and potential future living environments through the perspectives of science, design and art.

    Tanja Seiner has lectured at various universities and is co-founder of the studio UnDesignUnit.


    © Verena Kathrein

    Curation: Tanja Seiner

    Exhibition Design Konstantin Landuris Studio

    Illustrations Miro Poferl, HEYmiro


    Botanical State Collection Munich (SNSB-BSM), Carole Collet,
    Georg Dünzl (Verein für Pilzkunde München e.V.),
    Technical University of Berlin - Department of Applied and Molecular Microbiology, Patrick Hickey, nat-2 ™, Mogu,
    Mehling & Wiesman, Merlin Sheldrake,
    Studio Klarenbeek & Dros, V. Meer, Zvnder / Nina Fabert

    There is more to discover in the BIOTOPIA Lab:






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

    Phone: +49 (0)89 178 61-422
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    © BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern 2019

    BIOTOPIA Newsletter


    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.

    The BIOTOPIA annual review 2019 is now available for download! It includes exciting insights behind the scenes, an interview with Dr. Auguste von Bayern, a review of the EAT festival and much more! So it's worth a glance and whoever is enthusiastic about BIOTOPIA's vision is welcome to donate and become a sponsor.

    Download Annual Report 2019







    Do you have questions or need further information? Do not hesitate to get in touch with the BIOTOPIA team and the Förderkreis BIOTOPIA.

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