During summer vacation, the BIOTOPIA Lab will be open Friday through Sunday all day (from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and will offer rotating hands-on programs throughout. You can find out which program is offered when on the weekend activities page.


The BIOTOPIA Lab is open for visitors as long as regulations allow (rules for museums and cultural institutions). Short-term changes are possible depending on the current infection levels. You can visit the Lab spontaneously during a visit to the Botanical Gardens or pre-reserve your slot online, in which case your reservation gets you free access to the Botanical Gardens.

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.

To comply with the corona regulations, we are limiting the number of visitors in the BIOTOPIA Lab. Please wear an FFP2 mask and understand that you may have to wait a little during peak hours despite registration.

We always pay attention to compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations.

In our hygiene concept (in German) you can find detailed information about
regular operations, educational program and events.

Fly like a bird

With our virtual reality flight simulator "Birdly" you can fly over the most beautiful landscapes of Bavaria and become a bird.

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.


Walk-in activities

The BIOTOPIA Lab offers various walk-in activities on weekends, holidays and vacations. Below you can find a short description of each activity. The program schedule is constantly updated and expanded. We show you the program here at least a week in advance.

Friday, Aug. 6th till Sunday, Aug. 8th

Humus Sapiens

Friday, Aug. 13th till Sunday, Aug. 15th

Fungi for Future

Friday, Aug. 20th till Sunday, Aug. 22nd

Bare your teeth

Friday, Aug. 27th till Sunday, Aug. 29th

Water worlds

Friday, Sept. 3rd till Sunday, Sept. 5th

Eternal garden

Monday, Sept. 06th till Sunday, Sept. 12th

BACK TO SCHOOL - Summer Vacation Special Program

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.

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

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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.

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Research & manufacture

Water worlds
Physics and Life in the wet element

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

The Code of Life
Isolate the banana DNA

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

Cook &

The Eternal Garden
Mini Ecosystem in a jar

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

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.


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!

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

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