How Brandenburg Became Prussia

Special Exhibiton: August 22 – November 22, 2015

WOMEN’S BUSINESS is the first exhibition to focus on the significance that women in the House of Hohenzollern had on Brandenburg-Prussian history. It shows the goals, successes and defeats of the known and famous women of the Prussian dynasty, as well as those who remained unrecognized and forgotten.

The five-part exhibition displays unique loans from collections throughout Europe. They present the international network of Hohenzollern women and the diverse ideas and innovations that these women brought to Brandenburg-Prussia.

The exhibition is being held under the patronage of Sophie Princess of Prussia.


The Hohenzollerns came to Brandenburg and Berlin in 1415. They shaped the history of the region, Germany and Europe for 500 years. Focusing on the most important milestones, the development of the Brandenburg electorate to the Kingdom of Prussia and later German Empire will be concisely summarized. Women in the Prussian dynasty played an essential role that has rarely been acknowledged before now.


WOMEN’S BUSINESS shows that Hohenzollern marriage politics and the development of Berlin-Brandenburg were inseparably interconnected. Marriages sealed political alliances. Not only were territories expanded through marriages, but social, cultural and political connections were also established. Marriages anchored the Hohenzollern dynasty in Europe. The network that these women established reached from Italy to Denmark, and from England to Russia.

Room to Play

In a world dominated by men, women could only leave their marks on their courts when they cleverly made use of their own spheres of influence. Using the right strategies, they could influence history as a royal consort, queen or fashion icon. The roles of these women are impressively personified by their garments: WOMEN’S BUSINESS presents the oldest documented women’s dress in Brandenburg (c. 1460), as well as Empress Augusta’s coronation robe and the uniform of the last empress.

Setting the Course

1527 – At the side of Martin Luther, Electress Elisabeth vehemently campaigned for the Reformation in Brandenburg.

1614 – Electress Anna secured the right to her mother’s inheritance on the Rhine and another in East Prussia from her father, considerably enlarging the territories of the electors.

1700 – Queen Sophie Charlotte brought Italian opera and French garden design to Prussia, and supported the arts and sciences.

1807 – Queen Luise was the first to bring glamour to the Prussian army.

1914 – Crown Princess Cecilie fostered the image of Prussia as a military state wearing uniforms and spiked helmets.


Women greatly characterized our palaces. We are commemorating their impact at four authentic locations.

Sanssouci Palace − Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria was the only woman to live in the palace of Frederick the Great.

Glienicke Palace − Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach assembled Berlin’s intellectual elite around her.

Schönhausen Palace − Elisabeth Christine of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern and the dangerous liaisons at the court in Schönhausen.

From April 3 – November 22, 2015 at the above-mentioned palaces.

How to get there

Opening Hours

Last admission: 60 minutes before closing

Admission Prices

14 EUR / reduced rate 10 EUR

Family Ticket 30 EUR (2 adults + max. 4 children)

Incl. audio guide (German/English), audio guide for children over 6, as well as an accompanying brochure


  • Audio Guide
  • Kinder- Audioguide
  • Audio Guide German
  • Audio Guide English
  • Audio Guide German for children


  • wheelchair access

Group Tours

Guided tour through the special exhibition
Adult flat rate for groups: 200€ (group size max. 20 people),
duration: 1 1/2 hrs.
Surplus fee: 100€ / up to 10 people

All group offers require prior reservations!
e-mail: gruppenservice(at)spsg.de, telephone: + 49 (0) 331.96 94-222


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A catalogue (german), published by Sandstein Verlag, accompanies the exhibition. It will be available for purchase at the exhibition for 29,80€ and in bookstores for 38,00€.

Angebote für Schulklassen aus Berlin-Brandenburg

Nach der Hochzeit – Lebenswege der Prinzessinnen

Angeleitetes Programm für Grundschulklassen und Klassenstufe 7
Leistungen: Eintritt + Guide + Arbeitsmaterialien + Anleitung zur Vor- und Nachbereitung
Dauer: 1,5 h

Miss Brandenburg-Preußen – Die erste Frau im Staat  

Workshop für Schulklassen der Sekundarstufe I ab Klassenstufe 8
Leistungen: Eintritt + Arbeitsblätter + Anleitung und Material zur Durchführung, Vor- und Nachbereitung   
Dauer: 1,5 h

Frauen in Führungspositionen? – Ein neuer Blick auf Brandenburg-Preußen  

Workshop für Schulklassen der Sekundarstufe II
Leistungen: Eintritt + Arbeitsblätter + Anleitung und Material zur Durchführung, Vor- und Nachbereitung
Dauer: 1,5 h


Gruppenpreis pauschal: 100 Euro
Gruppengröße: max. 30 Personen 

Kontakt & Buchung:

E-Mail: gruppenservice(at)spsg.de
Telefon: + 49 (0) 331.96 94-222

Hotel-Empfehlung / Arrangement

Übernachtungs-Spezial „Frauensache“
der EVENT Hotels Berlin-Brandenburg

Anlass der Ausstellung schnüren die vier Hotels der EVENT Hotelgruppe in der Hauptstadtregion – Park Inn Berlin Alexanderplatz, The Westin Grand Berlin, Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade und Mercure Hotel Potsdam City – ein Angebot mit zwei Übernachtungen, Eintrittskarten und Willkommens-Champagner.

Das Highlight: Wer zu den Terminen 29. August 2015, 14. November 2015 und 21. November 2015 bucht, erhält zusätzlich eine Kuratorenführung durch die Ausstellung und wird von den Hotels ganz exklusiv im Anschluss zum Champagnerumtrunk im Schloss Charlottenburg eingeladen.


  • Zwei Übernachtungen mit Frühstück
  • Eine Eintrittskarte für die Ausstellung Frauensache
  • Nur am 29.8.2015, 14.11.2015, 21.11.2015: Kuratorenführung und exklusiver Champagnerempfang im Schloss Charlottenburg
  • bei allen anderen Buchungsterminen: Ein Glas Champagner zur Begrüßung im jeweiligen EVENT Hotel
  • Eine Welcome Card für 48 Stunden (u.a. freie Fahrt im ÖPNV)

ab 121,00 Euro pro Person im Doppelzimmer. Das Übernachtungs-Spezial „Frauensache“ gilt auf Anfrage und Verfügbarkeit vom 22. August bis 22. November 2015 in allen vier Hotels der EVENT Hotels Berlin & Brandenburg. 

Buchbar unter www.eventhotelgruppe.de/area-berlin, telefonisch unter +49 221 789 507 20 80 oder auf den jeweiligen Homepages der vier teilnehmenden Hotels:


SPSG | Visitor's Information
Visitor's Center at the Historic Windmill in Sanssouci Park
An der Orangerie 1
14469 Potsdam
(Closed Mondays)

Visitor's Center at the New Palace in Sanssouci Park
Am Neuen Palais 3
14469 Potsdam
(Closed Tuedays)
Phone: +49 (0) 331.96 94-200

Booking and Reservations

To the info page of the venue

In Cooperation

with the exhibition Unveiled – Berlin and its Monuments at the Zitadelle Spandau, the exhibition Countess Lichtenau at the Museum Charlottenburg−Wilmersdorf, the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin and the Staats- und Domchor Berlin.

with the Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin. Stella Hamberg and Melora Kuhn at Grunewald Hunting Lodge. Contemporary Art Meets Old Masters.
August 29−December 15, 2015
Special thanks to the gallerist Judy Lybke.