24 hours
at the Hyde Park Barracks

Open Today

 
10AM - 5PM
  • Shop
  • Cafe

Entry

Adult $10

Child / Concession $5

Family $20

Members free

Address

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

Museum: 02 8239 2311
Café: 02 9222 1815
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The World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks is one of the most significant convict sites in the world. A crossroads for tens of thousands of people, it played a central role in the world’s largest and longest-running system of convict transportation.

Painting of Hyde Park baracks from south western courner shortly after construction with two men in front. It looks dry and there are no trees. 'Convict Barrack Sydney N.S. Wales.' G W Evans (attrib), c1820. watercolour.

Modern Sydney is built on convict foundations – on convict labour, convict skills and convict stories. In June 1819 the Hyde Park Barracks opened to house convict men and boys working in government gangs, and over the next three decades as many as 50,000 convicts passed through its gates. With the end of transportation, the building was converted to a hostel for orphan girls escaping the Irish famine, female immigration depot and later asylum for aged and destitute women. Today, as a museum about itself, the barracks tells stories of convict Sydney, and of those since then who have had the misfortune to spend time there. The Hyde Park Barracks is one of 11 Australian convict sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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Painting of Hyde Park baracks from south western courner shortly after construction with two men in front. It looks dry and there are no trees.

 

Easter in convict SydneyWednesday 1 April 2015

Today, Easter conjures images of fancy chocolate eggs and a lazy long weekend. For convicts in colonial Sydney, whether Christian, 'heathen' or otherwise, Easter Sunday, like every other Sunday, meant a long...

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Become a member this EasterWednesday 25 March 2015

Become a member today and help create childhood memories for tomorrow!

Girl in blue top and jeans carries an Easter basket through the grounds of Elizabeth Farm

Children & Family

Autumn School Holiday Opening HoursTuesday 17 March 2015

Head to our place this Easter for an exciting school holiday program set across our houses and museums.

Two men work behind black counter with sandstone background. Dinner table and chairs in foreground.

 

Come dine with usTuesday 3 March 2015

Sydney Living Museums’ hospitality partners are proud to present special seasonal offers at our venues.

Children in straw hats and billowing cotton shirts standing inside open wrought iron gates in front of brick barracks building.
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Between 1819 and 1848, convicts living at Hyde Park Barracks were employed mostly by the government and known as ‘government men’. Barracks convicts had a different life from those who were assigned to work for free settlers.

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Seeing Sydney like a tourist. ☀📷 #almostlikesummer #hydepark #anzacmemorial #operahouse #hydeparkbarracks #andiwalkedacrosstheharbourbridge #sydney

Seeing Sydney like a tourist. ☀📷 #almostlikesummer #hydepark #anzacmemorial #operahouse #hydeparkbarracks #andiwalkedacrosstheharbourbridge #sydney

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The Life Guards #HCMR #LifeGuards #HouseholdCavalry #Cavalry #HouseholdDivision #HydeParkBarracks #Knightsbridge #London #UnitedKingdom #BritishArmy #Military #British #UK #QueensGuards @hmarmedforces | @hmroyalairforce

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Convicts bedroom circa 1820. 😳
I'm all for napping in a Hammock but this is pretty grim. 😔 #australianhistory #convicts #Hydeparkbarracks #sydneyhistory

Convicts bedroom circa 1820. 😳 I'm all for napping in a Hammock but this is pretty grim. 😔 #australianhistory #convicts #Hydeparkbarracks #sydneyhistory

1 week 2 days
My orange shoe's last day in Australia. After two days at beaches, today we headed to the very impressive Hyde Park Barracks Museum. All my life I have heard about Australia's convict history but knew surprisingly little about it. This visit helped fill in some of the gaps. It also touched upon the role of the Aboriginals and how brutally they were treated, something I'm still finding hard to fathom. 
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My orange shoe's last day in Australia. After two days at beaches, today we headed to the very impressive Hyde Park Barracks Museum. All my life I have heard about Australia's convict history but knew surprisingly little about it. This visit helped fill in some of the gaps. It also touched upon the role of the Aboriginals and how brutally they were treated, something I'm still finding hard to fathom. #australia #sydney #nsw #newsouthwales #hydepark #barracks #hydeparkbarracks #museum #convicthistory #history #aboriginal #aborigines #brutal #reportinglive #travel #shoes #orangeshoe #myorangeshoes

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#barracks #hydeparkbarracks #sydneycity #sydneyproperty #sydneyhistory #elevatepg

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Through the guard's #peephole. #hydeparkbarracks

Through the guard's #peephole. #hydeparkbarracks

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#hammocks #hydeparkbarracks

#hammocks #hydeparkbarracks

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Miss S and Mr A blend in to the mural about #transportation to Australia. #hydeparkbarracks

Miss S and Mr A blend in to the mural about #transportation to Australia. #hydeparkbarracks

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Always my favourite room at #hydeparkbarracks #convict #sydlivmus @sydlivmus

Always my favourite room at #hydeparkbarracks #convict #sydlivmus @sydlivmus

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