Our planet is seriously ill: climate crisis, pandemics, species extinction, and natural disasters present us with enormous challenges, choices, and constraints on action. We perceive this and react to it very differently, yet the situation is becoming more and more serious.
This is where BIOTOPIA comes in, providing a communicative interface for worldwide research and efforts with the goal of restoring balance to our planet. Together with scientists, educational and research institutions, we search internationally for solutions to preserve our world for future generations. The goal is to learn from nature and find interdisciplinary approaches to saving our planet. Because only a joint effort is the basis for success. BIOTOPA is a pulse generator for a future worth living.
BIOTOPIA pursues a unique concept worldwide: It is a museum and a future forum at the same time. In other words, BIOTOPIA networks the physical place of experience with external partners from the field of biological and environmental sciences. These include renowned research institutions, museums, schools, universities. But also institutions from other sciences, art, culture and politics as well as of course the public are involved. The groundbreaking idea is that everyone enters into a dialogue with each other. Research finds surprising solutions for the future in exchange with other disciplines - this inspires joint action.
The exhibition concept in München-Nymphenburg itself is also innovative. Anyone entering the museum becomes a researcher in laboratories and observatories and discovers countless similarities with other living creatures on an interactive journey. Thus, the realization that everything is connected to everything else brings people to the most pressing questions of our time in a completely new way.
BIOTOPIA encourages each individual to make a difference. BIOTOPIA shows attitude, takes a stand and inspires people to be curious about life. Questioning, debating and thinking creatively are explicitly desired, for example at events, excursions, conferences, festivals and in communities.
This concept, unique in the world, makes Bavaria an international pioneer in science communication. In the age of biology, Bavaria radiates out into the world as a pioneer.
BIOTOPIA - The heart of the future beats here.
BIOTOPIA is a museum for everybody: A platform for discussion and communication about the latest research, an interactive learning venue with public labs and varied programmes, an interdisciplinary space that bridges nature, culture, art and design. In doing so, the future museum can draw on the excellent resources of the Bavarian Natural History Collections – it contains, for example, the world’s largest butterfly collection, with 25 million inventory units.
With the exhibition, BIOTOPIA has set itself the goal of awakening the natural curiosity of visitors, generating empathy for life and the environment, and encouraging them to take the initiative themselves. The open exhibition architecture makes an important contribution to this by encouraging self-determined exploration of the museum's contents.
Sustainability and energy efficiency play a central role in building planning for BIOTOPIA. The Sustainable Building Assessment System (BNB) developed by the German government considers ecological, economic and socio-cultural qualities as well as technical and process-related aspects throughout the entire life cycle of a building. Image on the right © Atelier Loidl Landschaftsarchitekten
Even prior to its opening, BIOTOPIA seeks to inspire curiosity for biology, environment and food. As an interim platform, the BIOTOPIA Lab offers a taste of BIOTOPIA, its vision and values. It is a dynamic exhibition space, an event platform and an experimental workshop all at the interface of science, art, design and culture. At the same time, the BIOTOPIA Lab offers an insight into the development process of the new museum.
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