24 hours
at the Hyde Park Barracks

Open Today

 
10AM - 5PM
  • Shop
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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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Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 2015

Closeup of broad arrow and B.O. [Board of Ordnance] stamps on striped fabric.

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Off convicts' backsWednesday 21 January 2015

Worn, torn, stained and patched, two government-issue shirts found at Hyde Park Barracks have evidently come off the convicts’ backs.

Black and white photo of barracks from across gravel road. Man leaning on lamppost in foreground. Windows of barracks have shutters and the bottom three front facing ones have blinds visible.

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Blinds spotted at the barracksFriday 19 December 2014

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Rocco Fazzari draws for SLMTuesday 16 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums has commissioned artist Rocco Fazzari to create a series of fine line drawings of the twelve museums in our portfolio.

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Book review: A forger's progressWednesday 10 December 2014

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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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