24 hours
at the Hyde Park Barracks

Open Today

 
10AM - 5PM
  • Shop
  • Cafe
  • Free wifi

Entry

Adult $10

Child / Concession $5

Family $20

Members free

Address

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

Museum: 02 8239 2311
Cafe: 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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The Latest At Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Two children in old-fashioned kitchen using implements in front of window.

Children & Family

Autumn school holiday funFriday 18 March 2016

School holidays are almost here, but don’t panic! We have some great ideas for you and your children.Children can try their hand at farm-life during Earn Your Tucker at Rouse Hill House & Farm or...

A Convict Story video conference delivered in the MOS studio by presenter Belinda Sculley, with A/V technician James Murray: Belinda puts on the convict outfit and  is copied by the students who can be seen on screen putting on their imaginary costumes

Education

Expanding our reach through virtual excursionsWednesday 16 March 2016

The SLM Learning team has been working to expand our reach to students using our video conferencing equipment in new and effective ways.SLM has two popular and interactive video conferences

Childen lying in canvas hammocks strung up using rope tied to wooden beams.

Education

A convict journey with Unlocking HeritageThursday 25 February 2016

A group of primary school students from Hill End Public School, who recently visited Hyde Park Barracks Museum with the assistance of the Unlocking Heritage Travel Subsidy, were not the only people whose travels included both the convict barracks and the historic gold mining town of Hill End, NSW.

Two women seated on simple bed in dormitory style display holding large book.

New online

40,000 women and the dormitory experienceMonday 22 February 2016

It’s well known that 2253 Irish orphan girls were some of the first occupants of Sydney’s Female Immigration Depot, but they were only just the beginning of the women’s story at Hyde Park Barracks.

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

 

Celebrate Australia DayMonday 4 January 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

Colonial & Convict book bundle
Three comprehensive titles for only $50
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

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