A museum for sustainability and climate protection

South-east view of the NAWAREUM with the facade supported by numerous tree trunks.

The exhibition: Grasping nature and technology

The NAWAREUM invites you to roll up your sleeves and experience the exhibition first-hand. A colorful mix of art and games, nature and technology, knowledge and inspiration awaits you on three floors. The content is easy to understand, so that you can quench your thirst for knowledge and take lots of ideas home with you. Fun and adventure are the focus.

Exploring nine main topics – all in German and English language – visitors of all ages will be inspired to discover the exhibition. Experiment with different forms of energy at the giant marble run.  Learn exciting facts about our food in "Restaurant Earth". Test a range of hydroelectric turbines and power wind turbines. Enter the "house in a house" and playfully discover ways to make everyday life climate-friendly. Or work in teams to supply an island with renewable energy at one of the interactive game tables. It certainly won't be boring with us!

Young adventurers can also feed their curiosity at the NAWAREUM. For children of elementary school age, there is specific content throughout the exhibition to discover on their own. And at the end of the tour, check out one of our highlights: the wooden slide. Are you bold enough to top off your family trip to Straubing by sliding out of the exhibition and into the future?

Ein Junge und sein Opa sitzen auf Ergometern im NAWAREUM. Sie treten in die Pedale. Im Hintergrund sieht man die Modelle eines Windkraftwerks und eines Windkanals.
Eine Frau steht vor einer Wand mit einem großen aufgehängten Herbarium. Sie sieht im Vergleich ganz klein aus. An der Wand hängen gepresste Pflanzen, die weiß gerahmt sind.
Zwei Erwachsene und ein Kind stehen und staunen in dem überdimensionalen Modell einer Pflanzenzelle. Die Zellwände und die Zelllorganellen sind grün dargestellt. Die erwachsene Frau hält einen Einhandhörer an ihr Ohr.
Lying tree trunk with root in the background, in the front the trunk consists of wood processed into boards.
Ein Junge und seine Großeltern kurbeln gemeinsam an einer Mitmachstation im NAWAREUM. Sie erzeugen Strom für Haushaltsgeräte, die oben in einem Regal stehen.
Zwei Menschen bewegen ein Exponat im NAWAREUM. Man sieht vier aufgereihte Walzen, die man drehen kann, um unterschiedliche Bilder und Aussagen zu kombinieren.
In einem schwarzen Raum im NAWAREUM leuchtet eine große Darstellung der Erde. Davor steht die Silhouette einer Frau. An der linken Wand sind Einhandhörer angebracht.
A hand presses an illuminated button on an energy quiz to select an answer.
Die bewegten Arme von vier Menschen platzieren Spielsteine auf einem digitalen Spieltisch. Das Spielfeld stellt eine Insel dar.

The museum garden: Enjoy a little piece of nature

In our beautifully landscaped garden, the term "renewable resources" comes to life. Step inside, stroll through the museum garden and marvel at the colorful variety of different plants that you may have already encountered in the exhibition.

After all, there is a lot to discover outside the doors of the NAWAREUM as well. Different types of grain, various oil plants, aromatic spices, and medicinal plants. Insect-friendly bloomers that are used to generate energy. Plants whose fibers are used to produce fabrics. Shrubs in which birds and other animals find food and shelter. A green oasis that invites you to stay a while and take a closer look.

The garden is open to the public and you are welcome to explore it independently of a visit to our permanent exhibition. Thanks to accessible paths, you can easily get around with strollers and wheelchairs.

Two women are laughing and talking on a bench in NAWAREUM's garden.
A bee on a sage blossom in front of the NAWAREUM's facade supported by tree trunks.
Flowering lilac bush in the garden of the NAWAREUM.
Close-up of white forest phlox flowers.
Flowerbed and benches in the garden of the NAWAREUM.
Close-up of red currants growing on a bush.
Bench in front of a flowerbed planted with tall grasses in the garden of the NAWAREUM.
A pergola covered with pink flowers among flowering beds in the NAWAREUM garden.
Close-up of the lilac flower of a large starthistle.

The building: Discover sustainable construction

Sustainability was the focus not only in the design of the exhibition and garden, but also in the construction of the NAWAREUM. The structure largely consists of the renewable raw material wood. In addition, the most environmentally friendly and sustainable solution was also the benchmark for choosing the other building materials.

The building was constructed according to the passive house standard and has solar thermal, photovoltaic and geothermal energy systems. Energy requirements are met entirely from renewable sources – the TFZ's existing biomass heating system also supplies heat when needed. So the renewable energies you learn about in the exhibition literally power the NAWAREUM.

The museum building impresses both inside and out. The eye-catching facade is supported by natural tree trunks from the region. You can also find inspiration for your own building project by learning about the NAWAREUM’s underlying features. After all, our largest exhibit is the building itself.

Photovoltaic system on the roof of the NAWAREUM with a view of the TFZ buildings in the background.
North view of the NAWAREUM with two large stainless steel ventilation pipes in front.
© Herbert Stolz
Aerial view of the NAWAREUM building with visible south facade as well as flat roof with photovoltaic and solar thermal system.
© Herbert Stolz
Interior view of the NAWAREUM technical room with many pipes and technical equipment.
© Herbert Stolz
Solar thermal system on the roof of the NAWAREUM with Straubing towers in the background.
© Herbert Stolz
Interior view of the NAWAREUM dome with a view of the flat roof through many, asymmetrically shaped windows.
© Herbert Stolz