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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Children & Family

Winter holiday opening hoursTuesday 9 June 2015

Book the kids in for a winter adventure at our place these school holidays. There’s a heap to see and do, and with extended trading hours at many of our properties, much more time to do it.

Hyde Park Barracks Transformed

 

Archikidz at Hyde Park BarracksThursday 11 June 2015

This June long weekend, blue skies and the red bricks of the Hyde Park Barracks provided the perfect backdrop for our inaugural PLAY[ground] event.Presented by Sydney Living Museums and Archikidz

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War and order at the barracksFriday 24 April 2015

At the outbreak of World War I, there was a strong response from the NSW legal fraternity, many of whom were based at the Queens Square courts at the Hyde Park Barracks.

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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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.

Sir Basil Spence's Hyde park barracks finished in 1970
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13 hours 16 min
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#sydney #sydneywinter #beaut #hydeparkbarracks

21 hours 13 min
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Researching convicts for a new costume job today, came across this beautiful room in the Hyde Park Barracks museum

Researching convicts for a new costume job today, came across this beautiful room in the Hyde Park Barracks museum

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The sydney bar.... has it changed much ? #doingthelaw #hydeparkbarracks

The sydney bar.... has it changed much ? #doingthelaw #hydeparkbarracks

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These convicts had it easy!  #hydeparkbarracks #cushyconvictlife #sydneyinwinter

These convicts had it easy! #hydeparkbarracks #cushyconvictlife #sydneyinwinter

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