Free activities at the weekend

Do you want to research yourself and discover exciting things from science and nature? Then you have come to the right place with our open programs in the BIOTOPIA Lab. The open programs are free of charge and change regularly. Below you will find a selection of different topics that are offered.

The drop in activities will initially only take place on weekends and holidays.
Special programs take place during school vacations in some cases.

The great BIOTOPIA Festival "SENSE" on October 1 & 2!

BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern invites you to its BIOTOPIA Festival under the motto "SENSE - the Power of Perception" on October 1 and 2! Visitors can immerse themselves in the world of sensory perception of humans, animals and other species.

VR Flight Simulator Birdly

Fly like a bird

With our virtual reality flight simulator "Birdly" you can fly as an eagle over the most beautiful landscapes of Bavaria, discover the Jurassic age as a pterosaur or swim through a coral reef as a sea turtle.

Depending on availability, the Birdly can be tried out during opening hours. If the demand is high, you may have to wait a little. Use this time to explore the other areas of the BIOTOPIA Lab!

To fly with the Birdly, the "wingspan" (fingertip to fingertip) must be at least 1.20m.

We look forward to a voluntary donation for the use of the Birdly.

The experiences

Currently, several immersive adventures can be experienced in the BIOTOPIA Lab on our VR simulator Birdly. Only one adventure is offered per weekend. When which offer takes place, you can find out below in our program schedule.

What is it about?

In "Reef Dive" you swim as a sea turtle through a coral reef and can discover the different creatures there. In some places of the reef, the destruction by humans becomes clear and you learn what happens when we mistreat the environment.

What is it about?

Are you ready for a journey through time? "Jurassic Flight" is not just for dino nerds! Glide as a pterosaur through the Jurassic Age, passing giant long-necked dinosaurs, experience dangerous prehistoric predators on the hunt and discover the plant life of that time.

What is it about?

You always wanted to know what it's like to soar over the peaks of the Alps as an eagle? In our Berchtesgaden-Experience you can experience exactly that! Fly over mountains, over the Königssee and explore the landscape of the Berchtesgadener Land from a completely new perspective!

What is it about?

Become a butterfly and explore an ecosystem with plants, insects, birds, reptiles, snails, and mammals. Use your insect senses to discover aspects of our world usually hidden from our eyes. UV-Vision lets you to see hidden patterns on the plants and animals while Smell-O-Vision allows you to discover hidden insects by their pheromone trails.


The BIOTOPIA Lab offers various walk-in activities on weekends, holidays and vacations. Basically, every Open Program is intended for everyone and we always try to cater to the respective visitors' needs and age groups. Nevertheless, we specify a recommended minimum age for each program, from which an optimal experience is made possible. 

When which program is offered, you can find out in our program schedule.

Drop-in activities

Our drop-in activities are all about joining in! Every weekend you can participate in an exciting activity and learn something exciting about life or nature. You don't have to register. Just come and join us when our pilots start a new round.

Observe & Understand

Bare your teeth
You are what you eat

Investigate and compare the dentition and teeth of different animal species and deduces from this how the respective animals feed.

Recommended from about 6 years old

HUMUS sapiens
Soil stratification, soil dwellers, material cycle

Get to know the incredible diversity of living things that break down and recycle animal and plant remains in the soil

Recommended from about 7 years old

Journey into the micro world
The view through the microscope

Together we look under the microscope at the hidden world that can be found in water or soil samples. We learn more about this fascinating microcosm, its biodiversity and the importance of the individual species for us and our habitat.

Recommended from about 7 years old

Research & manufacture

Beyond the plate
Food here and elsewhere

Food not only fills you up, it is full of secrets and surprises. How and what do children and adults eat in other countries? Why does it smell and look so different? Which food is considered particularly healthy?
Together we want to get to the bottom of these and many other questions about food.

Recommended from about 6 years old

Water worlds
Physics and Life in the wet element

Look through the microscope and discover life in the water. Participate in various water experiments.

Recommended from about 7 years old

The Code of Life
Isolate the banana DNA

Isolate the DNA of a banana and learn about the building blocks of life.

Recommended from about 12 years old

Cook &

The Eternal Garden
Mini Ecosystem in a jar

Create your own hermetosphere with small plants and a little imagination.

We ask you to bring your own screw-top jar (500-1000 ml) for this program if possible (e.g. old pickle or jam jar).

Recommended from about 6 years old

Fungi for future
The world of Fungi

Come into the world of mushrooms and discover how to use them to dye wool or start your own mushroom cultivation.

We ask you to bring your own screw-top jar (500-1000 ml) for this program if possible (e.g. old pickle or jam jar).

Recommended from about 8 years old


The program schedule is constantly updated and expanded. Which program will take place on the corresponding weekend/holiday, you will find out here at least one week before.

You can find descriptions of the different program points by scrolling up.

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LAB closed on 30.9.

Please note that the BIOTOPIA Lab will be closed on Friday, 30.9. This is due to construction work for the BIOTOPIA Festival "SENSE - The Power of Perception!", which awaits you on 1 and 2 October!

Friday, Oct 7th


Saturday, Oct 8th and Sunday Oct 9th

Bare your teeth


Friday, Oct 14th


Saturday, Oct 15th and Sunday Oct 16th

Beyond the plate


Friday, Oct 21th

Jurassic Flight

Saturday, Oct 22nd and Sunday Oct 23rd

Humus Sapiens

Jurassic Flight

Friday, Oct 28th



BIOTOPIA activities for at home

With an exciting hands-on program, the BIOTOPIA Lab can also be experienced at home. Instructions, experiments and do-it-yourself concepts bring "hands-on science" into your own four walls. BIOTOPIA Lab@Home awakens interest in scientific relationships and provides inspiration for young and old. It gives a taste of the activities in the BIOTOPIA Lab - from bottle gardens or growing your own mushrooms to isolating DNA from vegetables or fruit. Browse the website and find the right experiment for you!

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