MUSEUM MENSCH UND NATUR
BECOMES BIOTOPIA

A museum is changing

Since its opening in 1990, the Museum Mensch und Natur has been one of Munich's most popular and well-attended museums. Due to the very limited space and poor infrastructure, the museum will close in 2020 in order to be comprehensively expanded and renovated. With a completely new concept and under the new name BIOTOPIA-Naturkundemuseum Bayern, it is expected to open in 2025 as an innovative museum and forum for life sciences and the environment.

"The extension and reconception of the Museum Mensch und Natur creates a new institution for the understanding and appreciation of nature, which will attract attention far beyond Bavaria".

Dr. Michael Apel
Director of Museum Mensch und Natur










BIOTOPIA: A museum of life

Explore life, change perspectives and take responsibility for ecological challenges: This is BIOTOPIA's mission. For this purpose, BIOTOPIA has developed a modern approach structuring behaviours, activities and living processes that connect humans and other living beings with each other. "Eat", "Move", "Sleep" and "Communicate" are some its central themes. By understanding humans as parts, explorers, users and designers of their environment, BIOTOPIA can offer something for all age groups and educational groups.

"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."

Prof. Dr. Michael John Gorman
BIOTOPIA Founding Director

Not a day without a museum

The BIOTOPIA Lab in the Botanical Garden will open in spring 2020 shortly after the Museum Mensch und Natur closes and will serve as an intermediate space for the public during construction time. The BIOTOPIA Lab gives a taste of the future museum: Both attractive offers for school classes as well as open labs and workshops, temporary exhibitions and events aimed at a broader public. In addition, the family-friendly BIOTOPIA Festival and the Bavaria-wide mobile programme will make BIOTOPIA come alive.

The new buidling

In the architectural competition for BIOTOPIA, the renowned Berlin office Staab Architekten convinced the jury with its design. The new building combines harmoniously with the ensemble of the Nymphenburg Palace, meets the requirements of a modern museum and sastisfies modern standards of sustainability and energy efficiency. A total of 13,000 square meters will then be available for permanent and special exhibitions, open visitor labs, bio- and ecosystem observatories, a designated children's area, seminar rooms, an auditorium, catering and a shop as well as administration rooms.

Support BIOTOPIA

BIOTOPIA-Naturkundemuseum Bayern is supported by the Free State of Bavaria, represented by the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and Art. Förderkreis BIOTOPIA e.V., BIOTOPIA's association of friends and patrons, supports this once in a lifetime project. It invites young and old to give the project a boost with a membership or donation, thereby becoming actively and critically involved in the realization of a space of learning and experience that encourages all of us to take responsibility for the future of our planet.

Museum Mensch und Natur becomes BIOTOPIA

Dr. Michael Apel
Director of Museum Mensch und Natur

Programme Museum Mensch und Natur / BIOTOPIA

Libellen - Leben in zwei Welten

April 20, 2019 - January 06, 2020

Alle Zeit der Welt - Vom Urknall bis zur Uhrzeit

December 06, 2019 - May 24, 2020

BIOTOPIA Lab

Opening 2020

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

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With the new Citizen Science and Arts project www.dawn-chorus.org, thousands of bird voices from all over the world were collected and mapped in a global sound map in the first upload phase in 2020. The project, initiated by the Nantesbuch Foundation and BIOTOPIA, has now been awarded the UN Decade of Biodiversity.

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Regrettably, we have to announce that this year's BIOTOPIA SENSE Festival will not take place on June 21, 2020. Both the ban on major events until the end of October issued by the German and Bavarian governments and our concern for the safety of all people involved – contributors, organizers and visitors – make this step necessary. This is sad news for all of us.

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The new exhibition in the Museum Mensch und Natur, developed with members of the BIOTOPIA team has been extended until december 31st 2020.

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Announcing a new international Citizen Science Platform to capture birdsong: Stiftung Nantesbuch and BIOTOPIA are together launching www.dawn-chorus.org 

As Spring progresses, the songs of hundreds of species of birds can be heard ringing out every morning, from about one hour before sunrise.

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