24 hours
at the Hyde Park Barracks

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10AM - 5PM
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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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Composite image of front of barracks plus exterior shot of farm.

Education

New education programs launchMonday 4 August 2014

Two new History programs were officially launched on 14 July by the SLM education team and over 150 students and teachers have already taken part.

small dice carved from bone showing 'six dots' on timber background.

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Artefacts from under the floorboards: ABC NewsThursday 24 July 2014

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Exhibition

From beneath the floorboardsWednesday 23 July 2014

Group of people illuminated by floodlights in the courtyard, with the barracks building behind.

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Stepping it out after darkTuesday 8 July 2014

Do you ever wonder what the Hyde Park Barracks courtyard might have looked like with 600 convicts mustering in their working gangs before leaving for a day of hard labour?Well, the Nike Run Club comes close. On...

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Macquarie Street revealedThursday 3 July 2014

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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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