24 hours
at the Hyde Park Barracks

Open Today

10AM - 5PM
  • Shop
  • Cafe
  • Free wifi


Adult $10

Child / Concession $5

Family $20

Members free


Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000


Museum: 02 8239 2311
Cafe: 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 funFriday 24 June 2016

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.

Pencil drawing on fragile paper.

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200 years of the NSW Government ArchitectThursday 23 June 2016

When Francis Greenway was appointed Civil Architect by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in March 1816, he became the first government architect of New South Wales, a post which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016.

Groups of men standing or sitting in a town square, some of whom are looking back toward large building, Hyde Park Barracks, with front wall featuring dome-roofed cottages on either side of a large timber gate. Clouds drift overhead.

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Who were the Hyde Park Barracks convicts?Tuesday 14 June 2016

Pick-pockets and pirates, confidence tricksters and conspirators, rebels and rascals – between 1819 and 1848, Hyde Park Barracks had them all.

Crane and scaffolding with Sydney Tower in background.


Roof repairs at Hyde Park BarracksFriday 6 May 2016

This week we've had some scaffolding around the Hyde Park Barracks Museum to allow access to the roof for minor repairs, repainting and re-pointing.

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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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