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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

    With BIOTOPIA, Bavaria obtains a beacon regarding innovative museum work and interdisciplinary knowledge transfer. The BIOTOPIA Network will strengthen education and awaken interest in the natural sciences state-wide.
  • Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts

    Bernd Sibler, Bavarian State Minister for Science and the Arts

    With the Bavarian natural history museum, we aim to develop a new and convincing overall idea in the midst of the German museum landscape. The museum's overarching concept will lead to a unique relevance for Bavaria and, I am convinced, to international visibility. Fortunately, it can already build on and cultivate the theme of "Man and Nature", the basic principle of the Munich museum. This is what fascinates young people as much as sciencists and which leads to important questions.
  • 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.
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