House of the Brandenburg-Prussian History

Visitors in the museum (photo: Hagen Immel)
Visitors next to the antique vehicle (photo: Hagen Immel)
Tour through the museum (photo: Hagen Immel)
Sightseeing visitors (photo: Hagen Immel)
View into the exhibition "Land and people" photo: Christian.Bimm.Coers)
View into the exhibition "Land and people" photo: Christian.Bimm.Coers)
View into the exhibition "Land and people" photo: Christian.Bimm.Coers)
View into the exhibition "Land and people" photo: Christian.Bimm.Coers)
Exhibit of the "Land and people" exhibition photo: Christian.Bim.Coers)
Discovering the past (photo: Hagen Immel)
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It is rare to find a museum with a collection as dense, diverse, and eclectic as the House of the Brandenburg-Prussian History. It is this sheer volume, exhibited in such a unique and historic location that will make a stop here one of the highlights of any visit to Potsdam.
 
The House of the Brandenburg-Prussian History (HBPG) is located in a building that was formerly used as stalls to accommodate the royal carriages and horses ("Kutschstall") in Potsdam´s historic centre, at the New Market. It was part of the Potsdam City Palace until 1918. In 1945, parts of the building were destroyed during World War II. Later, the structure was turned over to the state of Brandenburg under the condition that the renovated structure would house Brandenburg-Prussian history.
 
Today, the venue provides a living forum for history and culture thanks to its standing exhibition on 900 years of Brandenburg-Prussia. Special art-historical exhibits are presented next to seemingly trivial, yet lively, documents of everyday culture — ranging from the smallest object, a rat flea, discovered only through a magnifying glass to the largest object or an antique vehicle from the 1920s. Alternating special exhibitions, guided tours, and a variety of events in the Kutschstall and courtyard turn the house into a meeting place, a centre for dialogue, recreation and entertainment.
 
Among the intriguing exhibitions found here is the giant and interactive Prussian Potsdam city model, which lights up and shows the urban layout according to 1912 plans.
 
The House of the Brandenburg-Prussian History is perhaps best known for its permanent exhibition which spans nine centuries of history. This educational collection, along with the site’s regular schedule of events makes a visit here crucial to understanding the region and having a foundation for everything else one will see in the city.
 

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10:00 - 17:00
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10:00 - 18:00