24 hours
at the Hyde Park Barracks

Open Today

 
10AM - 5PM
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Entry

Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

Address

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

Museum: 02 8239 2311
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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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Children & Family

Summer school holiday funThursday 24 November 2016

Olsson’s Salts at the Christmas Fare, Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Media release

Our annual artisan Christmas Fare is back!Wednesday 30 November 2016

Three people sitting on bed in exhibition space.

Hyde Park Barracks

Interpretation Australia award for exhibitionThursday 20 October 2016

The popular and immersive Female Immigration Depot, 1848-1886 exhibition which opened at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum in July 2014 has recently received an Interpretation Australia Judges Award.

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Peter Garrett’s Hyde Park Barracks ancestorThursday 29 September 2016

Musician and former politician Peter Garrett is another of the growing number of Australians to claim an ancestor related to Hyde Park Barracks.

Children dressed in convict costume seated at long table with food and drink.

Education

A night in the barracks for Taree Public SchoolWednesday 24 August 2016

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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
Girt
The Unauthorised History of Australia $29.99

RT @sydlivmus: Our annual #christmasfare is on 15 Dec at #hydeparkbarracks with 40+ artisan producers and makers. Find out more https://t.c

RT @sydlivmus: Our annual #christmasfare is on 15 Dec at #hydeparkbarracks with 40+ artisan producers and makers. Find out more https://t.c

RT @sydlivmus: Our annual #christmasfare is on 15 Dec at #hydeparkbarracks with 40+ artisan producers and makers. Find out more https://t.c

RT @sydlivmus: Our annual #christmasfare is on 15 Dec at #hydeparkbarracks with 40+ artisan producers and makers. Find out more https://t.c

RT @sydlivmus: Our annual #christmasfare is on 15 Dec at #hydeparkbarracks with 40+ artisan producers and makers. Find out more https://t.c

Our annual #christmasfare is on 15 Dec at #hydeparkbarracks with 40+ artisan producers and makers. Find out more… https://t.co/YjOBd2n1FZ