Since its opening in 1990, the Museum Mensch und Natur has been one of Munich's most popular and well-attended museums. Due to the very limited space and poor infrastructure, the museum will close in 2021 in order to be comprehensively expanded and renovated. With a completely new concept and under the new name Naturkundemuseum Bayern it will be an innovative museum and forum for life sciences and the environment.
"The extension and reconception of the Museum Mensch und Natur creates a new institution for the understanding and appreciation of nature, which will attract attention far beyond Bavaria".
Explore life, change perspectives and take responsibility for ecological challenges: This is the mission of the Naturkundemuseum Bayern. For this purpose, it has developed a modern approach structuring behaviours, activities and living processes that connect humans and other living beings with each other. "Eat", "Move", "Sleep" and "Communicate" are some its central themes. By understanding humans as parts, explorers, users and designers of their environment, the new museum can offer something for all age groups and educational groups.
"Many of the most significant challenges we now face as a species on this planet, from climate change to loss of biodiversity, are due in large part to an imbalance in the relationship between humans and other living species."
The BIOTOPIA Lab in the Botanical Garden already serves as an intermediate space for the public. It gives a taste of the future museum: Both attractive offers for school classes as well as open labs and workshops, temporary exhibitions and events aimed at a broader public. In addition, the family-friendly BIOTOPIA Festival and the Bavaria-wide mobile programme will make BIOTOPIA come alive.
In the architectural competition for the Naturkundemuseum Bayern, the renowned Berlin office Staab Architekten convinced the jury with its design. The new building combines harmoniously with the ensemble of the Nymphenburg Palace, meets the requirements of a modern museum and sastisfies modern standards of sustainability and energy efficiency. A total of 13,000 square meters will then be available for permanent and special exhibitions, open visitor labs, bio- and ecosystem observatories, a designated children's area, seminar rooms, an auditorium, catering and a shop as well as administration rooms.
The Naturkundemuseum Bayern is supported by the Free State of Bavaria, represented by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art. Förderkreis BIOTOPIA e.V., BIOTOPIA's association of friends and patrons, supports this once in a lifetime project. It invites young and old to give the project a boost with a membership or donation, thereby becoming actively and critically involved in the realization of a space of learning and experience that encourages all of us to take responsibility for the future of our planet.
Museum Mensch und Natur becomes Naturkundemuseum Bayern
Menzinger Str. 67
80638 München, Germany
Phone: +49 (0)89 178 61-411
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