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

Black and white photo of barracks from across gravel road. Man leaning on lamppost in foreground. Windows of barracks have shutters and the bottom three front facing ones have blinds visible.

Conservation

Blinds spotted at the barracksFriday 19 December 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.

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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

gin and tonic with grapefruit and thyme 👏@younghenrys #hydeparkbarracks

gin and tonic with grapefruit and thyme 👏@younghenrys #hydeparkbarracks

19 hours 55 min
Twilight at the markets. @sydlivmus #festivefare #hydeparkbarracks

Twilight at the markets. @sydlivmus #festivefare #hydeparkbarracks

21 hours 21 min
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#Christmasmarkets #hydeparkbarracks

23 hours 27 sec
Hyde Park sparkle. #sydneymarket #hydeparkbarracks #christmasmarket @sydlivmus

Hyde Park sparkle. #sydneymarket #hydeparkbarracks #christmasmarket @sydlivmus

1 day 7 hours
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Christmas food markets, Yaaay! #sydneylivingmuseum #hydeparkbarracksfoodmarket #younghenrys #burger #pickles #beer #barracks #foodphotography #food #foodie #putitnearmyeyestheninmyface #getinmyface #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #Christmasmarket #Sydney #Sydneymarket #Sydneyfood

1 day 8 hours
No filter needed for these amazing treats. Get. In. My. Face. #cronut #cruffin #glazed #nutella #nuts #chocolate #pastry #dough #foodphotography #food #foodie #putitnearmyeyestheninmyface #getinmyface #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #Christmasmarket #Sydney #Sydneymarket #Sydneyfood

No filter needed for these amazing treats. Get. In. My. Face. #cronut #cruffin #glazed #nutella #nuts #chocolate #pastry #dough #foodphotography #food #foodie #putitnearmyeyestheninmyface #getinmyface #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #Christmasmarket #Sydney #Sydneymarket #Sydneyfood

1 day 8 hours
Thank you to everyone who visited today! Such a great market day #sydneyeats #Sydney #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #markets #artisan #city #hampers #stalls #icelolly #icepop #iceblock #popsicles #frozen #dessert #natural #summer @sydlivmus

Thank you to everyone who visited today! Such a great market day #sydneyeats #Sydney #hydeparkbarracks #Christmas #markets #artisan #city #hampers #stalls #icelolly #icepop #iceblock #popsicles #frozen #dessert #natural #summer @sydlivmus

1 day 8 hours
Thanks everyone for a great afternoon/night at #HydeParkBarracks. @sydlivmus thanks for having us and for being fantastic organisers!

Sydney siders - one Christmas markets left & we will be bringing what's left of our stock to #thebeachesmarkets this Saturday 20 December, 9am - 3pm at Warriewood Rat Park. Come say hello and grab some last minute bargains ✌️

Thanks everyone for a great afternoon/night at #HydeParkBarracks. @sydlivmus thanks for having us and for being fantastic organisers! Sydney siders - one Christmas markets left & we will be bringing what's left of our stock to #thebeachesmarkets this Saturday 20 December, 9am - 3pm at Warriewood Rat Park. Come say hello and grab some last minute bargains ✌️

1 day 8 hours
Fantastic markets in #hydeparkbarracks 
Great day for the old girls birthday.

Fantastic markets in #hydeparkbarracks Great day for the old girls birthday.

1 day 9 hours
#hydeparkbarracks #sydneylivingmuseums #artisanmarkets

#hydeparkbarracks #sydneylivingmuseums #artisanmarkets

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