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
Sydney Living Museums Image

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.

Find out More About Hyde Park Barracks Museum

The Latest At Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Children in straw hats and billowing cotton shirts standing inside open wrought iron gates in front of brick barracks building.
Black and white print of man pulling rope strands from a wooden wheel being turned by another man.

New online

Enough ropeMonday 16 February 2015

More than a kilometre of rope suspended the hammocks required to sleep 600 or more convicts in the Hyde Park Barracks dormitories between 1819 and 1848. But how was it produced?

People in the hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Australia Day

Australia Day 2014Friday 23 January 2015

Group of children with cameras in courtyard.

Events

Snap Happy successThursday 22 January 2015

Last week in collaboration with Spitting Image Photography, children were given an opportunity to learn about and use a digital SLR camera and hone their creative skills whilst exploring Hyde Park Barracks and...

Closeup of broad arrow and B.O. [Board of Ordnance] stamps on striped fabric.

Hyde Park Barracks

Off convicts' backsWednesday 21 January 2015

Worn, torn, stained and patched, two government-issue shirts found at Hyde Park Barracks have evidently come off the convicts’ backs.

Sydney Living Museums Image

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

#sydney #australia #centrepointtower #hydeparkbarracks #sydneylivingmuseums

#sydney #australia #centrepointtower #hydeparkbarracks #sydneylivingmuseums

1 day 9 hours
Something @sydlivmus VSC Scott Cumming said to @archikidz Emma made her giggle. Love hatching plans @ #hydeparkbarracks #archikidz

Something @sydlivmus VSC Scott Cumming said to @archikidz Emma made her giggle. Love hatching plans @ #hydeparkbarracks #archikidz

3 days 12 hours
I've never seen this lot doing their rounds on my morning run. Now I have! #householdcavalry #hydeparkbarracks #morningrun #london #ilovelondon

I've never seen this lot doing their rounds on my morning run. Now I have! #householdcavalry #hydeparkbarracks #morningrun #london #ilovelondon

4 days 10 hours
⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵 VIEW FROM THE SHARD🔴🔵🔴🔵 #level32 #londonview #theshard #thegherkin #cheesegrater #themessengerweb #HydeParkBarracks #riverthames #coventgarden #elizabethtower #edgewareroad #hillstreet #mayfair 🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️

⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵⚫️🔵 VIEW FROM THE SHARD🔴🔵🔴🔵 #level32 #londonview #theshard #thegherkin #cheesegrater #themessengerweb #HydeParkBarracks #riverthames #coventgarden #elizabethtower #edgewareroad #hillstreet #mayfair 🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️🔷▪️

5 days 8 hours
Group stretch before the Nike run in Sydney. I was feeling crazy shattered after yesterday's 15km with @adriguthrie in hot & humid conditions so was looking forward to a light 7km at 5:30 pace... The lead pacer went a bit nuts and did almost 8km at 5:20... Looking forward to ice on these knees and a rest day tomorrow! #100happydays #day67 #stretch #nike #run #sydney #hydeparkbarracks #nofilter

Group stretch before the Nike run in Sydney. I was feeling crazy shattered after yesterday's 15km with @adriguthrie in hot & humid conditions so was looking forward to a light 7km at 5:30 pace... The lead pacer went a bit nuts and did almost 8km at 5:20... Looking forward to ice on these knees and a rest day tomorrow! #100happydays #day67 #stretch #nike #run #sydney #hydeparkbarracks #nofilter

5 days 11 hours
Money can buy you anything in London. 💴💵💰💸💷💶This funky owner of a rooftop flat wanted to have the #AlbertMemorial on his roof, so one transaction later💳 and there it is. #nottrue 😂
🇬🇧🏢🏣🏬🏢🗼🇬🇧
Things a long lens can distort in perspective still amaze me.
Taken from the amazing #Virgin #Kensington #RoofGardens that aren't just famous for having flamingos living there but also for a phenomenal view you can have with a drink or a meal. 
______
#LondonSkyline #london #Sky_High_Architecture #skyline #cheesegrater #tower42 #herontower #gherkin #HydeParkBarracks #HydePark

Money can buy you anything in London. 💴💵💰💸💷💶This funky owner of a rooftop flat wanted to have the #AlbertMemorial on his roof, so one transaction later💳 and there it is. #nottrue 😂 🇬🇧🏢🏣🏬🏢🗼🇬🇧 Things a long lens can distort in perspective still amaze me. Taken from the amazing #Virgin #Kensington #RoofGardens that aren't just famous for having flamingos living there but also for a phenomenal view you can have with a drink or a meal. ______ #LondonSkyline #london #Sky_High_Architecture #skyline #cheesegrater #tower42 #herontower #gherkin #HydeParkBarracks #HydePark

1 week 7 hours
Viewpoint trivia no.2- from what public access viewpoint of #LondonSkyline was this taken from?
🇬🇧🏢📐🎡✈️🏣🇬🇧
Love this shot, #shard centrally behind #LondonEye, #CanaryWharf #OneCanadaSquare in the background as well as an plane taking off from @londoncityair .The building on the left is #HydeParkBarracks but it's owned by the Ministry of Defence so probably not a chance of ever getting access there, and in the bottom right corner you see a bit of #RoyalAlbertHall , so where do you think it was from ?
______
The correct answer to yesterday's viewpoint question came from @ch4rleyb4rley , you certainly know good viewpoints in London, congrats. The viewpoint yesterday was Northala Fields in Northholt by the A40 Western Avenue. For a good visual of it, Google for an image of "northala fields bbc".I've now updated the location on that photo.

Viewpoint trivia no.2- from what public access viewpoint of #LondonSkyline was this taken from? 🇬🇧🏢📐🎡✈️🏣🇬🇧 Love this shot, #shard centrally behind #LondonEye, #CanaryWharf #OneCanadaSquare in the background as well as an plane taking off from @londoncityair .The building on the left is #HydeParkBarracks but it's owned by the Ministry of Defence so probably not a chance of ever getting access there, and in the bottom right corner you see a bit of #RoyalAlbertHall , so where do you think it was from ? ______ The correct answer to yesterday's viewpoint question came from @ch4rleyb4rley , you certainly know good viewpoints in London, congrats. The viewpoint yesterday was Northala Fields in Northholt by the A40 Western Avenue. For a good visual of it, Google for an image of "northala fields bbc".I've now updated the location on that photo.

1 week 1 day
#Hydeparkbarracks - Sydney: This is where they house all the convicts men and boys. Imagine the unhygienic smells, dirts, over crowded room which as young as 9 years old boys had to endure till his time up.

#Hydeparkbarracks - Sydney: This is where they house all the convicts men and boys. Imagine the unhygienic smells, dirts, over crowded room which as young as 9 years old boys had to endure till his time up.

1 week 2 days
Hyde Park Barracks grandeur @sydlivmus #hydeparkbarracks #sydneylivingmuseums #ilovesydney #sydney #visitnsw #kidsactivities #sydneykids

Hyde Park Barracks grandeur @sydlivmus #hydeparkbarracks #sydneylivingmuseums #ilovesydney #sydney #visitnsw #kidsactivities #sydneykids

1 week 3 days
Hyde Park Barracks #hydeparkbarracks #history #sydney #seeSydney #sydneycity #sydneyspots #sydneyhistory #sydneyaustralia #visitnsw #visitsydney #australia #architecture #australianarchitecture

Hyde Park Barracks #hydeparkbarracks #history #sydney #seeSydney #sydneycity #sydneyspots #sydneyhistory #sydneyaustralia #visitnsw #visitsydney #australia #architecture #australianarchitecture

1 week 4 days