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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	Family washing and hanging clothes in the Oak Tree Court at Elizabeth Farm

 

Celebrate Australia DayMonday 4 January 2016

Enjoy general entry at concession price to a selection of our historic houses and museums, experience a musical installation and help build a giant LEGO® cruise ship all on Australia Day.Build a LEGO

Handpainted image of wildflowers - red and purple.

Christmas

Season's greetingsThursday 24 December 2015

We wish you all a restful and joy-filled Christmas and New Year, with your friends and families.Warm regardsMark GogginExecutive DirectorSydney...

Woman stands in a garden surrounded by tall shrubbery

Children & Family

Summer holiday opening hoursThursday 17 December 2015

We’re making the most of the summer holidays with extended opening hours at many of our museums and historic houses. There are plenty of exhibitions, events and tours on offer too.

Eat your history – the book!

The Cook and the Curator

Eat your history – the book!Thursday 5 November 2015

Author, Jacqui Newling holding copy of her book.

SLM Food

Members event: tea with author of Eat your historyMonday 2 November 2015

We are delighted to celebrate the recent publication of 'Eat your history: stories and recipes from Australian kitchens' by Jacqui Newling, Sydney Living Museums’ resident gastronomer, with a special afternoon tea for a limited number of members and their guests at The Mint.

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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.

Online shop

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
Public Sydney
Drawing the City $99

Her Majesty's Household Cavalry exercising their horses, as seen this morning walking to work through Hyde Park. #hydeparkbarracks #householdcavalry #winter

Her Majesty's Household Cavalry exercising their horses, as seen this morning walking to work through Hyde Park. #hydeparkbarracks #householdcavalry #winter

3 days 18 hours
Morning coffee and UNESCO World Heritage sites - I prefer my Monday's like this!
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Morning coffee and UNESCO World Heritage sites - I prefer my Monday's like this! #unescoworldheritagesite #syndey #sydneytourism #hydepark #hydeparkbarracks #morningcuppa #mondaymornings #happyme

6 days 17 hours

This was the convict sleeping quarters at #hydeparkbarracks Here, privacy is measured by the… https://t.co/iGwQ1wPGWZ

This was the convict sleeping quarters at #hydeparkbarracks Here, privacy is measured by the space of your hammock. The stories of the convict culture is rich, intriguing and important.  One of the "must see" when in #Sydney

This was the convict sleeping quarters at #hydeparkbarracks Here, privacy is measured by the space of your hammock. The stories of the convict culture is rich, intriguing and important. One of the "must see" when in #Sydney

1 week 6 hours
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Hiding from the rain!! #rainydays #sydney #hydeparkbarracks #rain #ginger #gaysydney #instagay #homo #gayboy #britabroad #gayuk

Hiding from the rain!! #rainydays #sydney #hydeparkbarracks #rain #ginger #gaysydney #instagay #homo #gayboy #britabroad #gayuk

1 week 1 day
Dessertmakers sour cherry pudding the Christmas hit #hydeparkbarracks

Dessertmakers sour cherry pudding the Christmas hit #hydeparkbarracks

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