The Filmmuseum Potsdam is located in the Royal Stables — the oldest building in the city — built in 1685 as part of the Potsdam City Palace. The Palace served as a residence for the Electorate of Brandenburg and then Prussian Kings. But the depot has been re-used many times.
Originally constructed as an orangery, the baroque building was later transformed, by King Frederick William I. in the early 18th century, as a stable for the royal horses. Several decades later, Frederick the Great gave the historic structure a makeover. He commited Sanssouci architect Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff, who gave the complex its present look.
Since 1981, the Filmmuseum Potsdam, which was formerly the film museum of the GDR, and its café -todays "Genusswerkstatt" - have resided in this magnificent building. After 1990, the complex was placed under the administrative auspices of the Federal State of Brandenburg — presenting the history of film and unified Germany.