Even before the opening of the future museum, BIOTOPIA can be discovered: annual BIOTOPIA Festivals, the BIOTOPIA Lab as a showcase and interim platform, special exhibitions and programs touring Bavaria as part of BIOTOPIA Mobile, virtual offers from BIOTOPIA Digital, numerous events and Citizen Science projects arouse curiosity and create anticipation for BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern. Because the best time to explore life is now!
The BIOTOPIA Lab offers a foretaste of BIOTOPIA as an interim platform after the closure of the Museum Mensch und Natur until the opening of the new museum. Fabricating, cultivating and microscoping will be on the agenda during open hands-on activities and school class programs. Here you can discover mysterious objects from the Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns (SNSB), fly over Bavaria with the Birdly VR bird flight simulator, plant raised beds in the Botanical Garden or explore pop-up exhibitions such as "Fungi for Future." As an event venue and experimental workshop, the Lab also provides an insight into the development process and architecture of the new museum.
The annual family-friendly BIOTOPIA festivals engage the general public with science, design and art. The festival tests formats for the future museum and creates unique experiences for children and adults. Hands-on activities, exhibitions, workshops and talks open up new perspectives on topics such as Eat & Drink, Move & Migrate or Seduce & Reproduce. Following the two very successful festivals "Hautnah" and "EAT," the "SENSE" festival will explore the world of perception in 2022.
Even before its opening, BIOTOPIA aims to inspire enthusiasm for life and environmental sciences and natural history education beyond the borders of Munich. BIOTOPIA Mobile therefore sends exhibitions, programs and formats on a journey throughout Bavaria. Together with partner institutions, it appears in public places, green spaces and city festivals - along with exciting programs, hands-on experiments and events. BIOTOPIA Mobile thus also draws the attention of the Bavarian public to the network partners in Bavaria.
Learning about life and environmental sciences at home or on the go? BIOTOPIA Digital offers numerous formats to discover and try out for yourself: Do-it-Yourself instructions and experiments, expert lectures and discussions, explanatory videos and Citizen Science projects. Virtual tours of the BIOTOPIA Lab and the Museum Mensch und Natur are also possible!
BIOTOPIA inspires with a diverse program of events and brings science and the general public together. Lectures with renowned experts from the biological and environmental sciences, art, culture and design, discussion rounds on currently relevant topics, festivals and mobile programs to participate in, interdisciplinary special exhibitions and much more are designed to whet the appetite for a change of perspective!
DAWN CHORUS calls on people from all over the world to record the morning bird chorus on their doorstep and share it on a platform. The Citizen Science and Arts project, initiated by BIOTOPIA and the Stiftung Kunst und Natur during the Silence of the Lockdown, makes birds heard - since 2021 with its own app. The recordings are mapped worldwide and enter a scientific database for biodiversity research. The "citizen scientists" thus make an important contribution to species conservation. At the same time, they become part of a global artistic project.
Capturing the beauty, distinctiveness and changeability of nature - that is the goal of the annual " Natur im Fokus" (Nature in Focus) photo competition, which sends children and young people between the ages of 7 and 18 on a photo safari through Bavaria. Founded in 2007 by the Museum Mensch und Natur, the competition has been organized jointly with the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment since 2010 and will be continued by BIOTOPIA and the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment in the future. Take part now!