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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Membership

Members program announcedWednesday 8 October 2014

Sydney Living Museums has unveiled a generous new membership program offering exclusive benefits across its portfolio of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in New South Wales.

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News

NSW Premier excited by new-found Irish heritageThursday 11 September 2014

The Premier of New South Wales Mike Baird says he and his family are “very excited” to discover their Irish heritage, as revealed recently in the Irish Echo.

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Irish Famine commemoration gatheringTuesday 2 September 2014

Sunday 31 August was a glorious day for the 15th anniversary gathering at Hyde Park Barracks' Irish Famine Memorial, spent renewing an important community bond while emphasising the importance of history and its remembrance.

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Events

School Holiday HoursWednesday 27 August 2014

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Macquarie's corner connectionsWednesday 27 August 2014

Convict descendant Janelle Collins visited the Hyde Park Barracks on Sunday 3 August and joined the Macquarie’s Corner Tour.  The tour group of 14 included some local and a number of international...

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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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