Forests, mountains, lakes, bogs - Bavaria's nature is incredibly diverse! Museums, botanical gardens, environmental stations and national park centres invite you to experience, explore, understand, and protect Bavaria's nature.

As the Natural History Museum of Bavaria, BIOTOPIA is building up a network of such institutions. Based on the already existing Naturkunde-Netz Bayern, made up of  the regional museums in Bamberg, Bayreuth, Nördlingen, and Eichstätt, additional partners such as environmental education centres, zoos, botanical gardens and museums will be brought together to strengthen natural history education throughout Bavaria. We are looking forward to exciting events, joint special and traveling exhibitions, and even more Bavaria-wide projects!

Take a look around and find out about the variety of places where you can encounter Bavaria's nature!


Bavarian Forest National Park
Bavarian Forest

The Bavarian Forest National Park, founded in 1970, is the oldest national park in Germany. On an area of ​​24,250 hectares, there are 500 km of trails for hiking and biking and almost 100 km of cross-country skiing trails. Together with the adjacent Šumava National Park in the Czech Republic, it forms the largest contiguous forest reserve in Central Europe. In addition to nature conservation, the park also promotes research, environmental education and regional funding.
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Bionicum in the Nuremberg Zoo

Let’s go on a discovery tour: The Bionicum Ideenreich Natur is an interactive exhibition on the subject of Bionics in the Nuremberg Zoo. Attendees of all ages learn which role models from nature served as inspiration for technological inventions. There is also a bionic tour in the zoo, regular events on Bionics and a wide range of educational offers for all age groups.

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Botanical Garden of the University of Würzburg

The Botanical Garden of the University of Würzburg is home to 9,000 plant species from all continents, which are shown in greenhouses and outdoor areas depending on their natural habitat. In addition to its importance for research, teaching, public education and species protection, the botanical garden is a place of relaxation.

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GEO center at the KTB

Geoscientists drilled 9,101 m deep into the Earth's crust near Windischeschenbach, thus creating the deepest hole in the world in hard crystalline rock – a unique  achievement. Be amazed by the research results right next to the 83 m high drilling tower and learn more about the Earth as the fundamental basis of living nature on our planet at the GEO Center at the KTB.
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Haus im Moos environmental education center
Kleinhohenried, Landkreis Neuburg-Schrobenhausen

Southern Germany's largest fen, the Donaumoos, is located in the district of Neuburg-Schrobenhausen. In this idyllic location, you will find the Haus im Moos - an environmental education center with exhibitions, accommodation, a large outdoor area and an extensive open-air museum in which visitors can experience the 200-year history of settlement in this unique natural area.

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House by the river
Jochenstein, Passauer Donautal

Nature and technology in the Passau Danube Valley are at the center of the new exhibition in the Haus am Strom: the nature of the Danube Valley, the power of the Danube and the water itself are the focus of the interactive exhibition. Observe Danube fish or the attraction of the Danube river, the green lizards. The environmental station offers a variety of events.

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House of the Mountains

The perfect addition to a visit to Germany's only Alpine National Park: Enjoy the award-winning exhibition "Vertical Wilderness", get interactive information about the protected area, attend a cinema in the foyer with nature films or changing exhibitions on two levels. You can also take a panoramic path around the house on which you can experience the four main habitats of the national park: water, forest, alpine pasture and rock.

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Jurassic Museum

The Jurassic Museum on the Eichstätter Willibaldsburg high above the Altmühltal is one of the most beautifully located natural history museums in Germany. The focus of the exhibition is on the fossils of the Solnhofen limestone, which have been brought to light by the intensive quarrying activity in the region.

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RiesKraterMuseum Nördlingen

The RiesKraterMuseum is a natural science museum with one central theme: The origin and significance of impact craters and especially the Nördlinger Ries. In a lavishly renovated medieval barn building from 1503 - distributed over six rooms - the giant event with its planetological roots and its earthly effects, which continue to have an effect to this day, is presented.

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Natural History Museum Augsburg

The Natural History Museum Augsburg provides insights into the history of the Earth from the beginnings of life up to the present. Visitors experience the fascinating world of minerals and gemstones, special zoological topics with animals from all regions of the world, as well as ecological contexts of the most diverse biotopes in Central Europe.
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Natural History Museum Bamberg

The Natural History Museum Bamberg combines the historical with the modern in a unique way. One of the oldest natural history halls in the world - the famous Vogelsaal with its thousands of colorful animal specimens and the classicist ambience gives an idea of the view of nature as it was offered in a natural history cabinet over 200 years ago. The modern permanent exhibitions, which are dedicated to various natural history topics with a regional focus, form the contrast. With constantly changing special exhibitions, guests are given the opportunity to learn something new about nature over and over again.

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Natural History Museum Coburg

With more than 700,000 collection items, the largest natural history museum in Northern Bavaria provides information on various topics from the fields of geology, zoology and ethnology. Exciting themed exhibitions, including the history of the Earth, evolution and the native flora and fauna, extend over an exhibition area of ​​2,400 m².

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Natural History Museum of Eastern Bavaria

The Natural History Museum of Eastern Bavaria is located in the idyllic Herzogspark in the immediate vicinity of the Danube and not far from the historic old town. Visitors experience the regional habitats, including the associated flora and fauna, in vivid exhibitions that take into account both the geological past and present of Eastern Bavaria. The program also includes activities for families and children as well as programming for kindergarteners and schools (e.g. "Adventure Water World" at the museum's own pond).

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Parkstein volcano experience

Discover the southernmost volcano in Bavaria! The basalt cone "Hoher Parkstein" amazes every visitor with its 38-meter-high basalt wall and the breathtaking view of the hilly landscape of the Upper Palatinate Forest. Get to know the exciting geology and history of Parkstein and experience your "first volcanic eruption".

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Primeval Museum Oberfranken

In exciting exhibitions, knowledge is presented with fossils, crystals and rocks. Touching is allowed in many places. Huge dinosaurs, accessible crystals, plants from a primeval jungle and countless animals such as ichthyosaurs, crocodiles, ammonites and fish from a tropical shallow sea lead visitors through millions of years of geological history in Upper Franconia.

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Siegsdorf Natural History and Mammoth Museum

Enjoy science of our planet explained in a clear and uncomplicated way. As a visitor, you can learn about the formation of rocks, fossils, earthquakes, age determination and continental drift. Immerse yourself in 250 million years of geological history. The skeleton of the Siegsdorf cave lion and the original bones of the world-famous Siegsdorf mammoth are the highlights of the Ice Age exhibition.

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Weismain environmental station

The environmental station of the Lichtenfels district is located in the historic Kastenhof in Weismain. Pottery courses, baking in the wood oven, bee projects, water excursions or bike tours: the environmental station offers an exciting variety of courses on the subjects of nature, gardening, environmental protection and traditional crafts.

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

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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.

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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.

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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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