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 2021 in order to be comprehensively expanded and renovated. With a completely new concept and under the new name BIOTOPIA-Naturkundemuseum Bayern it will be 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".
"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."
The BIOTOPIA Lab in the Botanical Garden will open in 2020. After the Museum Mensch und Natur closes, it 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.
Museum Mensch und Natur becomes BIOTOPIA