Hyde Park Barracks Museum renewal
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.
Through the Hyde Park Barracks Museum Renewal Project, Sydney Living Museums aims to integrate the experience of two unique sites, Hyde Park Barracks Museum and Sydney’s oldest public building, The Mint, to create a connected heritage and cultural precinct, aligning with the NSW Government’s long-term vision to transform the historic Macquarie Street East Precinct.
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.