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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Volunteers

Museum Volunteer opportunity Wednesday 18 March 2015

Do you love interacting with people? Would you love to help share our historic places with the public? We’re looking for Museum Volunteers to join our team and play a role in leading guided tours and providing great customer service.

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Membership

Become a member this EasterWednesday 25 March 2015

Become a member today and help create childhood memories for tomorrow!

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Children & Family

Autumn School Holiday Opening HoursTuesday 17 March 2015

Head to our place this Easter for an exciting school holiday program set across our houses and museums.

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Come dine with usTuesday 3 March 2015

Sydney Living Museums’ hospitality partners are proud to present special seasonal offers at our venues.

Children in straw hats and billowing cotton shirts standing inside open wrought iron gates in front of brick barracks building.
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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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6 hours 9 min
Looking through our convict history. Amazing the short time ago it really was. #convicts #australianhistory #Sydney #barracks #hydeparkbarracks

Looking through our convict history. Amazing the short time ago it really was. #convicts #australianhistory #Sydney #barracks #hydeparkbarracks

9 hours 28 min
Enter at your own risk! Hyde Park Barracks is Australia's first major convict barracks. It was designed and built by British convicts between 1817 - 1819. More than 50 000 male convicts passed thru these rough gates. It was built to only house 600 at a time, but unfortunately for these cramped convicts it frequently housed up to 1400. Imagine the stench!
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Enter at your own risk! Hyde Park Barracks is Australia's first major convict barracks. It was designed and built by British convicts between 1817 - 1819. More than 50 000 male convicts passed thru these rough gates. It was built to only house 600 at a time, but unfortunately for these cramped convicts it frequently housed up to 1400. Imagine the stench! #SydneyTopSpotTours #STST #hydeparkbarracks #barracks #convicts #architecture #building #sydney #australia #citylife #beautiful #city #nsw #sydneyaustralia #aussie #sydneylife #sydneycity #photo #travel #tourism #tours #holiday #vacation #seesydney #sydneylocal #ILoveSydney

17 hours 58 min