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2019-12-06 - 2020-12-31
Museum Mensch und Natur | Schloss Nymphenburg | 80638 München
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Zeit EventsTemporary exhibition in the Museum Mensch und Natur extended: Alle Zeit der Welt - Vom Urknall bis zur Uhrzeit

Time determines our life. Almost every one of us depends on the clock, day in, day out. We are used to how days, weeks, months and years pass by - and become aware of the fact that our own lifetime is limited. So time, in a sense, is quite mundane, something that affects us all directly and that we can only understand and explain with difficulty or not at all. In the exhibition "Alle Zeit der Welt", the Museum Mensch und Natur dedicates itself to this multifaceted topic and has been able to persuade the well-known astrophysicist and science journalist Harald Lesch to accompany our visitors on their journey through time and space. Numerous exhibits, spectacular pictures and displays as well as interactive objects and special children's stations make the exhibition an experience for young and old.

Through time and space

With an impressive installation, the exhibition initially takes us back to the beginning of all things - the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago. Today, ever larger and better telescopes allow us not only to look at incredible distances, but also ever deeper into the past and thus into the early days of the universe. The history of the Earth, which originated about 4.55 billion years ago, is the second part of the exhibition. Among other things, the oldest minerals and rocks of the earth with an age of more than 4 billion years can be admired here. Numerous exhibits show how the earth is still in a constant process of change and fossils lead us into different periods of the earth's history.

Time and Life

For all living beings, time is a elementary factor that affects them in various ways. All higher living beings go through a cycle of growth, reproduction and aging, which eventually leads to death. However, the duration and course of this process differ considerably - some plants and animals live only a few weeks, others reach an age of hundreds or even more than 1,000 years. The exhibition therefore shows examples of particularly extreme ages and development paths. For living beings, time is also a factor by which life processes are controlled and coordinated. Practically all living beings therefore have internal clocks, the functioning of which has been thoroughly researched in recent years and decades. A life in harmony with the inner clock is also important for us in order to remain healthy and efficient. In addition to classical experiments and findings on the inner clock, the question of a sensible division of time zones is therefore dealt with, for example.

The exhibition was developed by the team of the Museum Mensch und Natur together with members of the planning staff of Biotopia - Naturkundemuseum Bayern and the regional museums and collections of the Bavarian State Natural History Collections. The exhibition was also supported by a large number of other institutions worldwide.


Further information can be found on the website of the Museums Mensch und Natur.



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BIOTOPIA's Founding Director Michael John Gorman interviews Soundscape Ecologist Bernie Krause LIVE!

Due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak, this event has been cancelled.

Museum Mensch und Natur | Schloss Nymphenburg | 80638 München
For the last time, Museum Mensch und Natur welcomes you for the Munich Museum Night - with BIOTOPIA.

inside & outside Hubertussaal, Nymphenburg Palace, Munich, Germany
How does what we eat shape the planet? What will the food of the future look like?

Museum Mensch und Natur, Schloss Nymphenburg, 80638 München
The exhibition "MEAT THE FUTURE" is showcasing in the Museum Mensch und Natur until June 23, 2019.

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BIOTOPIA Newsletter


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.

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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







Do you have questions or need further information? Do not hesitate to get in touch with the BIOTOPIA team and the Förderkreis BIOTOPIA.

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