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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Front view of roof  through leaves with clockface and small tower on top of roof visible.

Hyde Park Barracks

Winding back the clock

Did you need a ladder, torch, crankshaft and an extra pair of hands to wind your clock back for the end of daylight savings this weekend? The team at the Hyde Park Barracks did!

Woman seated at table with bright light and artefacts.

Hyde Park Barracks

It's Archaeology, but not as we know it...

Rather than unearthing artefacts from the ground, University of Sydney archaeology undergraduate student Jane Rooke is ‘excavating’ from boxes.

Family walking in the gardens past the Eastern Verandah at Elizabeth Farm

School holidays

Autumn School holiday opening hours

Most Sydney Living Museums sites are open daily during school holidays, and some offer extended opening hours during school holidays:

Photo of two men working on the sandstone capping at the entrance to HPB. They look to be installing mortar.

 

Capping stone repair

During a function set up in December the HPB main gate suffered some damage when a truck struck the capping stone on the northern pier, knocking it off centre.

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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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