The Hyde Park Barracks Appeal

Over the coming months, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum will be transformed into a world-leading cultural heritage destination. 

This renewal project is a first for this museum and will have significant impact on the telling of the convict story, its impact on First Nations People and the site’s early contribution to immigration and benevolent care. A UNESCO world heritage site, Hyde Park Barracks Museum touches the lives of many Australians and holds an important place in our hearts and minds. 


Former politician, musician and activist Peter Garrett AM talks about the Hyde Park Barracks renewal and why it's important to support this once-in-a-generation project.

Designed by New York-based internationally acclaimed museum experience designers, Local Projects, the team responsible for the 9/11 Memorial, the reinterpreted Hyde Park Barracks Museum will tell the emotional stories of connection, place, colonial and Indigenous history in new and different ways, creating an unforgettable visitor experience.

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum renewal will create new educational opportunities, display over 4000 original artefacts (many never seen before), protect our heritage and connect national and international audiences more closely with Australian history. With over 200,000 visitors expected, the museum will become a key player in Sydney’s cultural and social economy.

We invite you to support this once-in-a-generation project, ensuring our historic UNESCO World Heritage site remains at the heart of history for another 200 years.

Your support will help to:

  • deliver new education programs in a dedicated learning space
  • develop inspiring public programs and activations that deepen audience engagement with the site
  • conserve and digitise the internationally renowned archaeological collection and make it accessible to the public
  • support the ongoing work to ensure the protection and conservation of the 200 year old site.

Every gift is welcome and donations are fully tax deductible. You can support us by donating online, or call 02 8239 2343 to make a direct gift.

Your valuable gift will ensure the Hyde Park Barracks Museum remains a leading heritage and cultural destination into the future.

Thank you. Your support makes a powerful difference.

Contact us

We are happy to discuss your ideas, feedback and thoughts on fundraising campaigns. If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact:

Development and Fundraising Team
P: + 612 8239 2343

Your gift to Sydney Living Museums makes a powerful difference.


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