The BIOTOPIA Lab is open for visitors as long as the current corona situation allows it (regulation for museums and cultural institutions). Short-term changes are possible depending on the current infection levels. Until further notice, a visit to the Lab is only possible with the necessary pre-registration.

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.

Due to the current hygiene rules, only workshops with a maximum of 15 people (including teachers) are currently possible in the lab at the same time. Larger classes can be divided into two groups, one of which takes part in the workshop and the other in a guided tour of the Museum Mensch und Natur. Afterwards the two groups swap.


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

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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

Observe & Understand

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 €

Research & Manufacture

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 €

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 €

Intelligent amoebas
Discover the world of slime molds

Slime molds are not mushrooms at all and should they also be intelligent? In this workshop we get to know working methods with microorganisms and we create a suitable habitat for these strange amoebas with simple means and feed them with their favourite food: oat flakes. We will discuss what intelligence actually means and which experiments we can use to find out more about the behaviour of our new pet.

Age groups: 8-20+ years
Duration: 1.5 h or 3 h
Price: 60 or 120 €

Cook & Cultivate

Kombucha Biodesign
Your own creations from microbial biofilms

A symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (SCOBY) not only creates a tasty and healthy drink, but also a slimy biofilm on the  the top. If this is dried, a paper- or leather-like material is created due to the high cellulose content - depending on the thickness. We use this sustainable material to create our own art objects, which then only have to dry.

Age groups: 4-20+ years
Duraton: 1.5 h 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 61-422
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