THE BIOTOPIA PROJECT

A completely new, internationally significant museum: BIOTOPIA, museum of life. BIOTOPIA – Naturkundemuseum Bayern will create a space in which our relationship to other living beings can be re-thought and re-configured. It will inspire visitors to encounter our planet’s diversity – to reconnect with nature, to “explore life”.
MUSEUM MENSCH UND NATUR BECOMES BIOTOPIA

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 BIOTOPIA-Naturkundemuseum Bayern, it is going to open as an innovative museum and forum for life sciences and the environment.

VISION
BIOTOPIA will deepen the relationships between humans, their environment and other living beings and contribute to a new understanding of biodiversity and ecosystems in Bavaria and all over the world. The museum will foster stewardship for the environment throughout Bavaria and in doing so, works together closely with the Bavarian Natural History Collections, drawing on their rich compilation of objects and research findings.
EXHIBITION CONCEPT

With the exhibition, BIOTOPIA has set itself the goal of awakening the natural curiosity of visitors, generating empathy for life and the environment, and encouraging them to take the initiative themselves. The open exhibition architecture makes an important contribution to this by encouraging self-determined exploration of the museum's contents.

BIOTOPIA LAB

In the interim phase while the Museum Man and Nature is closed and before it reopens as BIOTOPIA, the BIOTOPIA Lab serves as a temporary information, exhibition and event space. Since 2021, it gives a first insight into the themes and work of BIOTOPIA and offers programmes and activities for school classes and anybody else interested in the project.

NETWORK
BIOTOPIA is not only one central museum in Munich but intends to work with museums, educational institutions and research facilities throughout Bavaria. This gives rise to a bavaria-wide network that makes life sciences and natural history accessible in all regions.
SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainability and energy efficiency play a central role in building planning for BIOTOPIA. The Sustainable Building Assessment System (BNB) developed by the German government considers ecological, economic and socio-cultural qualities as well as technical and process-related aspects throughout the entire life cycle of a building.


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

BIOTOPIA Lab: +49 (0)89 178 61-411

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