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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Events

Summer School Holiday opening hoursMonday 24 November 2014

New online

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.

Illustrated book cover

Book review

Book review: A forger's progressWednesday 10 December 2014

Token inscribed with: Joseph Smyth/CAST FOR DEATH/4 July 1817/Aged 33

New online

Joseph Smyth - Cast for DeathTuesday 9 December 2014

It’s extremely rare to find any personal possessions of the convicts who passed through Hyde Park Barracks between 1819 and 1848, but one small, very special object has recently surfaced.

Children with chickens in outdoor setting.

New online

Vacation Care groupsSunday 7 December 2014

Sydney Living Museums now offers tailored vacation care programs at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Elizabeth Farm, Rouse Hill House & Farm, Vaucluse House, and Museum of Sydney.

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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.

Hyde Park Barracks on Instagram

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Christmas Fare #hydeparkbarracks #sydlivmus #shopping #festive #2ducktradingco #baskets #vintagelinen #stockingstuffers #sydney

45 min 23 sec
I'm at Hyde Park Barracks for the #festivefare with my new flavour House of Orange. A bright mix of #Orange #Carrot and #Rockmelon. Come and have a bite after work! #sydneyeats #Sydney #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #markets #artisan #city #hampers #stalls #icelolly #icepop #iceblock #popsicles #frozen #dessert #natural #summer @sydlivmus

I'm at Hyde Park Barracks for the #festivefare with my new flavour House of Orange. A bright mix of #Orange #Carrot and #Rockmelon. Come and have a bite after work! #sydneyeats #Sydney #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #markets #artisan #city #hampers #stalls #icelolly #icepop #iceblock #popsicles #frozen #dessert #natural #summer @sydlivmus

1 hour 24 min
Join us from 4pm today at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum for the @sydlivmus #festivefare. An artisan Christmas market in the heart of Sydney. Come on down, say hi and enjoy our Butler & Bentley experience. 
#butlerandbentley #onlineartisangrocer #hydeparkbarracks #foodfestival #sydney #christmasgifts

Join us from 4pm today at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum for the @sydlivmus #festivefare. An artisan Christmas market in the heart of Sydney. Come on down, say hi and enjoy our Butler & Bentley experience. #butlerandbentley #onlineartisangrocer #hydeparkbarracks #foodfestival #sydney #christmasgifts

7 hours 13 min
What are you guys tomorrow afternoon/night? Nothing, you say? Come down to #HydeParkBarracks for the #FestiveFare happening between 4pm - 8pm. Lots of artisan produces, foods and gifts for Christmas! 
We'll be there with plates, bowls, wooden spoons, and lots of ready-to-gift kits that are tops on value! The first 5 people to make a purchase over $50 will score a gift and maybe some hugs (if that's not too creepy haha). If you're one of those organised shoppers & have your presents all sorted, come down and say hello anyway!

What are you guys tomorrow afternoon/night? Nothing, you say? Come down to #HydeParkBarracks for the #FestiveFare happening between 4pm - 8pm. Lots of artisan produces, foods and gifts for Christmas! We'll be there with plates, bowls, wooden spoons, and lots of ready-to-gift kits that are tops on value! The first 5 people to make a purchase over $50 will score a gift and maybe some hugs (if that's not too creepy haha). If you're one of those organised shoppers & have your presents all sorted, come down and say hello anyway!

22 hours 50 min
Join us and @sydlivmus tomorrow evening for the #festivefare. We will be there along with over 45 other artisan stalls with some of our favourite brands just in time for you to pick up your last minute Christmas gifts. See you tomorrow at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum from 4pm! #butlerandbentley #onlineartisangrocer #hydeparkbarracks #foodfestival #sydney #christmasgifts

Join us and @sydlivmus tomorrow evening for the #festivefare. We will be there along with over 45 other artisan stalls with some of our favourite brands just in time for you to pick up your last minute Christmas gifts. See you tomorrow at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum from 4pm! #butlerandbentley #onlineartisangrocer #hydeparkbarracks #foodfestival #sydney #christmasgifts

1 day 2 hours
I'll be at Hyde Park barracks with my refreshing #icepops TOMORROW. Come and check out all the stalls and grab a bite to eat after work! #FestiveFare #sydney #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #markets #artisan #city #hampers #stalls #icelolly #popsicles #frozen #dessert #allnatural #sydneyeats @sydlivmus

I'll be at Hyde Park barracks with my refreshing #icepops TOMORROW. Come and check out all the stalls and grab a bite to eat after work! #FestiveFare #sydney #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #markets #artisan #city #hampers #stalls #icelolly #popsicles #frozen #dessert #allnatural #sydneyeats @sydlivmus

1 day 3 hours
Old #Sydney CBD map at #HydeParkBarracks #Museum. Blog post now up www.pinaytraveljunkie.com #discoverSLM #travel #australia #history #unesco #igtravel #travelgram

Old #Sydney CBD map at #HydeParkBarracks #Museum. Blog post now up www.pinaytraveljunkie.com #discoverSLM #travel #australia #history #unesco #igtravel #travelgram

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Bit of #Sydney #history #hydeparkbarracks

Bit of #Sydney #history #hydeparkbarracks

3 days 18 hours
Sat on these beds cause the audio guide instructed us to do so. #HydeParkBarracks #Museum, #Sydney, #Australia. Served as an #asylum for destitute women. #travel #history #discoverSLM #sydneylocal #outinsyd #igersydney #igtravel #travelgram

Sat on these beds cause the audio guide instructed us to do so. #HydeParkBarracks #Museum, #Sydney, #Australia. Served as an #asylum for destitute women. #travel #history #discoverSLM #sydneylocal #outinsyd #igersydney #igtravel #travelgram

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In the stillness and morosity, #Hyde #Barracks #Museum building was looking rather sinister. And for some random reason, I imagined it being a Walking Dead filming location... Read further on www.pinaytraveljunkie.com #discoverSLM #hydeparkbarracks #travel #sydney #australia #outinsyd #sydneylocal #architecture #igersydney #igtravel #travelgram

In the stillness and morosity, #Hyde #Barracks #Museum building was looking rather sinister. And for some random reason, I imagined it being a Walking Dead filming location... Read further on www.pinaytraveljunkie.com #discoverSLM #hydeparkbarracks #travel #sydney #australia #outinsyd #sydneylocal #architecture #igersydney #igtravel #travelgram

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