24 hours
at the Hyde Park Barracks

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10AM - 5PM
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Adult $10

Child / Concession $5

Family $20

Members free


Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


Museum: 02 8239 2311
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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 dressed in convict costume seated at long table with food and drink.


A night in the barracks for Taree Public SchoolWednesday 24 August 2016

A piece of embroidered cloth, showing signs of age.

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Sampling history at the Hyde Park BarracksWednesday 20 July 2016

Year 4 students from St Paul’s Grammar School were treated to a special surprise during their recent excursion to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Group of women with wooden trunk on display against wall with window above.

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Margaret Hurley’s descendants visit the barracksTuesday 5 July 2016

Margaret Hurley’s wooden trunk, which first arrived at the Barracks in 1850, has now returned 165 years later, on generous loan from her descendant Rose Marie Perry, and is on display in the female Immigration Depot dormitory at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Woman examining collection items on desk.

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Close to the bone at Hyde Park Barracks MuseumMonday 4 July 2016

Archaeology honours student Kim Connor from the University of Sydney is currently studying the archaeology collection at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, and is really getting to know bones for her thesis entitled: 'Feeding the Confined'.

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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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A Forger's Progress
The Life of Francis Greenway $50.00
Joseph Lycett Convict Artist
The life and work of one of Australia's earliest colonial artists $39.95
Sydney Views 1788-1888
From the Beat Knoblauch collection $49.95
The Unauthorised History of Australia $29.99

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