Nature’s inventiveness seems to be limitless and the solutions developed have been tested and perfected by trial and error and by natural selection. The research field of “biomimicry” – as a combination of biology and technology – makes use of nature’s ingenuity to translate natural structures and mechanisms into technical innovations. The still-young science of biomimicry will play an even more important role in the future, because it places a focus on both functionality and sustainability by using technology in a resource-efficient and environmentally sound manner.
Boasting more than 200 exhibits, media installations and interactive stations, the “BioInspiration” exhibition takes you on an amazing journey through the various applications of biomimicry – from antiquity to present research. You can marvel at examples from architecture, medicine, transportation, engineering, robotics, energy, urban planning, materials science, sports or space exploration that transfer approaches, methods or entire systems from nature into technology.
#Alliance4Science To promote international exchange and sustainable museum work, this exhibition is part of a European collaboration between the Technisches Museum Wien (Vienna Museum of Science and Technology), the DASA Dortmund and the Parque de las Ciencias in Granada. The collaboration is focused on innovation and sustainability. Starting from autumn 2023, “BioInspiration” by the Parque de las Ciencias will move on to Germany before ultimately returning to Spain. As part of the collaboration, the Technisches Museum Wien will be hosting DASA’s partner exhibition on artificial intelligence from autumn 2023, while the Vienna exhibition “FOODPRINTS” will be travelling through Europe.
Exhibition duration: until August 2023
Combined Ticket and Cooperation
On the occasion of the exhibition "BioInspiration", the Schönbrunn Zoo and the Technisches Museum Wien are also offering a combined ticket that gives visitors the opportunity to carry out their own fact check regarding technical innovations inspired by nature.
The combined ticket is available online at Imperial Austria Shop from November 1st to December 31st 2022, and provides a 20% discount on a single visit to both institutions.
Annual pass holders of the Technisches Museum Wien will receive a discounted day ticket at the group price when showing their valid annual pass at the ticket office of the Schönbrunn Zoo until 31.12.2022. Please note that identification must be shown upon request.
Nature has developed many successful ideas we humans can learn from: For example, how leaves clean themselves or how seeds master the art of flight. A search for traces at the exhibition and the workshop has lots of surprises in store, allowing the children to experience nature’s resourcefulness up close.
Indestructible beetles or cleverly arranged honeycombs – many things in nature are worked out perfectly. On this joint research expedition through the exhibition, the group explores how technical challenges have been solved, inspired by adaptations of plants and animals. The children can experience first-hand the fascinating interplay of technology and biology!
Nature has been a source of inspiration for the construction of objects, machines or buildings since antiquity. Humankind has always been aware of the perfection of nature, trying to imitate it. Adaptations of nature have been used for technical solutions to this day.