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BIOTOPIA: MUSEUM OF LIFE

BIOTOPIA takes a bold new approach to engaging people with some of the most critical issues of our time. Reinventing and expanding the current Museum Man and Nature at the spectacular site of Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany, BIOTOPIA will aim to explore, question and reconfigure the relationship between humans and other living species - using a groundbreaking new concept that will lead the classical natural history museum into the future.

  • Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, BIOTOPIA Founding Director

    Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman, BIOTOPIA Founding Director

    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. Drawing on the extremely rich scientific ecosystem of Munich and Bavaria, BIOTOPIA will be a place to inspire millions of young people to engage with the most exciting developments in the life sciences through dynamic and changing exhibitions and events.
  • Dr. Auguste von Bayern, Chairwoman of Förderkreis BIOTOPIA

    Dr. Auguste von Bayern, Chairwoman of Förderkreis BIOTOPIA

    BIOTOPIA presents an immense opportunity to familiarize the Bavarian (and European) population with nature and natural sciences and spark enthusiasm for these highly fascinating subjects. I personally consider children and adolescents to be particularly important. I hope BIOTOPIA ignites their natural curiosity and helps them view research as something enriching and exciting.
  • Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer

    Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer

    The Bavarian Museum of Natural History will continue what the Museum Man and Nature has started – it will open up a new dimension for one of the most frequented museums of Bavaria.
  • Dr. Markus Söder, Bavarian Minister-President

    Dr. Markus Söder, Bavarian Minister-President

    Protecting species, responding to climate change and acting responsibly towards nature – these are the greatest challenges of our day. With the plans for BIOTOPIA in Bavaria, the revolutionary museum concept and a national BIOTOPIA network, the makers aim to create a modern, interdisciplinary and participative platform which allows people to access scientific education from a completely new angle.
  • Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts

    Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts

    The future natural history museum BIOTOPIA in Munich-Nymphenburg will show people in Bavaria and visitors from all over the world that science and culture as well as modernity and tradition are not opposites. The name BIOTOPIA already stands for a groundbreaking new approach to imparting knowledge and inspiring especially young people to commit themselves to the preservation of nature.
  • Thomas Kreuzer, CSU party leader in the Bavarian Parliament

    Thomas Kreuzer, CSU party leader in the Bavarian Parliament

    The new natural history museum arouses great expectations. I am also convinced that it will live up to the considerable achievements of the popular Museum Man and Nature. It is important to me that natural history fuels curiosity while being presented in a manner that is accessible for a large audience. The goal is to bring together the excellent exhibits of the Bavarian Natural History Collections in a logical and spatial context: This generates synergies and makes the current state of research clear. After all, science ensues from a dynamic process of gaining knowledge! Good luck to the new natural history museum and thank you to all its supporters.
  • Christine Strobl, 3rd Mayor of Munich

    Christine Strobl, 3rd Mayor of Munich

    The Bavarian Natural History museum will become a highly modern museum with a sophisticated pedagogical concept, a unique place for education and knowledge transfer for people no matter what age or origin. At the same time, it will be Bavaria's natural history memory and will thereby contribute to our cultural identity formation in the highest degree. This is why the future of the Bavarian natural history museum is so important and this is why we all have to contribute to its realisation.
  • Dr. Marcel Huber, Bavarian State Minister ret.

    Dr. Marcel Huber, Bavarian State Minister ret.

    I hope the Bavarian natural history museum can be realized soon, for two reasons. First of all, such a facility would be ideal to create enthusiasm in young people for the natural sciences and ultimately for professions in the field. Secondly, the Bavarian natural history museum would enrich Bavaria's environmental education. The more we know about the complex relations in nature, the more people are willing to champion its preservation.
  • Dr. Ludwig Spaenle,  Bavarian State Minister ret.

    Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, Bavarian State Minister ret.

    The museum signifies education, science and culture and thereby embodies the fundamental cornerstones of our society’s future viability.
  • Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, Bavarian State Minister ret.

    Dr. Wolfgang Heubisch, Bavarian State Minister ret.

    The Bavarian natural history museum is a project of central importance for cultural and educational policies. Its time has come - and the occasion has never been more favourable. To realize an undertaking this size, politics is in need of strong civic engagement. This is why I am very grateful to the Förderkreis BIOTOPIA for its powerful initiative. It's a convincing signal: The citizens stand behind the project. With this support, the realisation of the museum can be successful.
  • Ranga Yogeshwar, science journalist and physicist

    Ranga Yogeshwar, science journalist and physicist

    This planet is a gift, a unique island of life amidst the dead cosmic cold. But we behave like a small child at Christmas: The package is torn open and the gift is unwrapped, then we try randomly, and only after failure we start to read the manual. We are now in this phase. We realize that we have to change something, because our behavior destroys our cosmic home in the long run. Our gift has already suffered. In our carelessness we have destroyed many forests, changed the climate, and lost some species of animals and plants through our impatience, but we can still save our home from its final destruction. What it needs is awareness and here BIOTOPIA is the right step, because what you love, you protect. This museum is a single declaration of love to the most precious gift we know - the diversity of nature.
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    BIOTOPIA Newsletter

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    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.

    Download Press Release 2019

     

    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.

    Download Annual Report 2019

     

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