The Hyde Park Barracks Museum will close on 29 January 2019 for a major renewal project that will transform the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site into a world-leading heritage destination. The Museum’s last day of operation will be 28 January 2019.

A new, immersive visitor experience and expanded programming will tell a significant part of Australia’s convict story, its impact on Aboriginal Australia, and its early contributions to immigration and institutional care.

At the heart of the new visitor experience will be our collection, with over 4000 original objects on display, including many hundreds of artefacts from the internationally-recognised Hyde Park Barracks Archaeology Collection.

Sydney Living Museums is working with internationally-acclaimed exhibit and media design specialists Local Projects to develop an authentic exhibition experience, featuring an engaging narrative and employing contemporary interpretative techniques, immersive installations and unconventional interactive elements.

This bold project is the first reinterpretation of the Hyde Park Barracks since it opened as ‘a museum of itself’ in 1991, offering visitors a new way to experience authentic, well researched ‘living’ history at a heritage site.

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum will reopen in late 2019, commemorating 200 years since the first 600 convicts filed through the barracks doors in 1819.

Read more about the project in the media release attached.

Media release

Media Release - Announcement of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum Renewal