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


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!

Exciting offers for school classes of all grades

Courses on a wide range of topics from biology & life 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.

Current topics

Observe & Understand

HUMUS sapiens
Soil stratification, soil dwellers, material cycle

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: 1.5h or 3h
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. When looking through the microscope, you will discover small living beings in a water sample from the castle canal.

The participants are invited to reflect on the reality of life in microorganisms in relation to the physics of water.

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

Research & Manufacture

The Eternal Garden
Mini-biotope in a bottle

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

Age groups: 7-18 years
Duration: 2h
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 group's previous knowledge, the mechanisms of protein biosynthesis and epigenetics or the problems of gene therapy can also play a role. In the practical part, the participants 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: 3h
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 create a suitable habitat for these strange amoebas with simple means and feed them with their favorite food: oat flakes. We will discuss what intelligence actually means and which experiments we can use to find out more about the behavior of our new pet.

Age groups: 8-20+ years
Duration: 1.5h or 3h
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 at the same time. If this is dried, a paper- or leather-like material is created due to the high cellulose content - depending on the thickness. 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
Duraton: 1.5h or 3h
Price: 60 or 120€

Fungi for Future
The world of fungi

What are fungi actually? What do they live on? How do we bring them into our everyday life? We want to give insights into the world of fungi and their role as decomposers. To do this, we microscopically examine petri dishes with fungi mycelium, show how to grow rose oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds in the kitchen and 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 of 3 students, the coffee grounds rose oyster mushrooms are given for care. In class, the students can work together to process waste paper into fruit bodies and compost.

Age groups: 4-20+ years
Duration: 1,5 or 3h
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 gardenis planted, cared for and used for various school projects and workshops.

With the friendly support of the POSTCODE lottery, the garden floor was prepared professionally and several raised beds were created for large and small gardeners. BIOTOPIA thanks the Botanical Garden for providing the space.

In order to give everyone access to this educational offer, the raised beds are barrier-free. There is also a bed that is particularly comfortable to use with a wheelchair.

BIOTOPIA Mitarbeiter*innen bepflanzen die Hochbeete

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

Phone: +49 (0)89 178 61-422
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