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

Volunteer for Sydney Open 2015 now!Monday 17 August 2015

Do you want to be part of Sydney Open 2015 and share your passion for Sydney and its architecture? Then this may be the volunteer role for you.

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Volunteers

Event Volunteer opportunity Friday 14 August 2015

Do you love interacting with people? Can you communicate well, think on your feet, work in a team and show initiative? Then this may be the volunteer role for you.

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Hyde Park Barracks

The ‘Humble Petition’ of convict John RushFriday 7 August 2015

Celebrated actor Geoffrey Rush is one of the growing number of Australians to claim a convict ancestor who passed through Hyde Park Barracks.His story was featured in

Detail of design for ticketing signage showing two views of proposed sign.

 

New signs to find the wayThursday 2 July 2015

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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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.

The very best time of the day & one of my favourite views #HydePark #Civirider #London #HydeParkBarracks #thedream #horsesofinstagram #CavBlack #TheHuntress #Invader #happythoughts #mondayblues #householdcavalry #Riding #Adventures #1TPLG

The very best time of the day & one of my favourite views #HydePark #Civirider #London #HydeParkBarracks #thedream #horsesofinstagram #CavBlack #TheHuntress #Invader #happythoughts #mondayblues #householdcavalry #Riding #Adventures #1TPLG

22 hours 1 min
Accommodation befitting a convict. Hyde Park Barracks. 30 August #convict #history #settlement #greenway #sirfrancisgreenway #historicalhousestrust #hht #hydepark #visitnsw #australia #sydney #hydeparkbarracks

Accommodation befitting a convict. Hyde Park Barracks. 30 August #convict #history #settlement #greenway #sirfrancisgreenway #historicalhousestrust #hht #hydepark #visitnsw #australia #sydney #hydeparkbarracks

1 day 9 hours
Hyde Park Barracks. Sunday 30 August. #sydney #nsw #australia #hydeparkbarracks #convict #history #settlement #greenway #sirfrancisgreenway #historicalhousestrust #hht #hydepark #visitnsw #window #shadow

Hyde Park Barracks. Sunday 30 August. #sydney #nsw #australia #hydeparkbarracks #convict #history #settlement #greenway #sirfrancisgreenway #historicalhousestrust #hht #hydepark #visitnsw #window #shadow

1 day 9 hours
Time travel spells sent me back to 1819 when Hyde Park Barracks was home to thousand convicts. The Hyde Park Barracks is one of 11 Australian convict sites on the #UNESCO World Heritage list. #sydney #museum #hydeparkbarracks #travelisawesome #ig_today #topdeck #adventure #explore #myweekend #amazing #history #seeaustralia #australiagram

Time travel spells sent me back to 1819 when Hyde Park Barracks was home to thousand convicts. The Hyde Park Barracks is one of 11 Australian convict sites on the #UNESCO World Heritage list. #sydney #museum #hydeparkbarracks #travelisawesome #ig_today #topdeck #adventure #explore #myweekend #amazing #history #seeaustralia #australiagram

1 day 12 hours
A look through the peep hole at Hyde Park Barracks #sydneylivingmuseums #sydney #convicts #irishfamine #hydeparkbarracks

A look through the peep hole at Hyde Park Barracks #sydneylivingmuseums #sydney #convicts #irishfamine #hydeparkbarracks

2 days 8 hours
#hydeparkbarracks #thecornerbuildingclub #historicsydney

#hydeparkbarracks #thecornerbuildingclub #historicsydney

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#HydeParkBarracks #drawing #drawingweek #charcoal #NAS

#HydeParkBarracks #drawing #drawingweek #charcoal #NAS

1 week 2 days
Room with a view #HydeParkBarracks #StMarys #Cathedral #Sydney #SydneyWalks #DiscoverSLM

Room with a view #HydeParkBarracks #StMarys #Cathedral #Sydney #SydneyWalks #DiscoverSLM

1 week 2 days
#morningride #calvaryregiment #hydeparkbarracks #hydepark #london

#morningride #calvaryregiment #hydeparkbarracks #hydepark #london

1 week 3 days
Around the corner from the Former Registrar General's building is Hyde Park Barracks (1819). The site listed on UNESCO World Heritage List is one of the most significant convict sites in the world. 
The building was designed by convict Francis Greenway, who is regarded by many as Australia's first architect. The Barracks was designed to provide basic housing for a labour force of 600 male convicts.

#hydeparkbarracks #sydneyheritage #heritage #australia #everywherehistory #lovehistory #OzHist #sydney

Around the corner from the Former Registrar General's building is Hyde Park Barracks (1819). The site listed on UNESCO World Heritage List is one of the most significant convict sites in the world. The building was designed by convict Francis Greenway, who is regarded by many as Australia's first architect. The Barracks was designed to provide basic housing for a labour force of 600 male convicts. #hydeparkbarracks #sydneyheritage #heritage #australia #everywherehistory #lovehistory #OzHist #sydney

1 week 5 days