The Hyde Park Barracks Bicentenary Appeal

Sydney Living Museums announced on January 10 2019 the exciting news of the visionary renewal of Hyde Park Barracks Museum. 

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.  Read our media release.

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 consider supporting this once-in-a-generation opportunity to be part of a national legacy project, ensuring our historic UNESCO World Heritage site remains at the heart of history for another 200 years.

Areas for your support include:

  • Education – the creation of a dedicated education space for schools and all learners
  • The Hyde Park Barracks Clock – the restoration of the Vulliamy two train turret clock, the only continuously working two train turret clock in Australia, a significant part of Hyde Park Barracks Museum
  • Heritage Conservation – the ongoing work to ensure the protection and conservation of the 200 year old site
  • Conservation and digitisation – the ongoing conservation and digitisation of the internationally recognised Hyde Park Barracks Archaeology Collection

Every gift is welcome and donations are fully tax deductible. You are welcome to support by donating online, or call 02 8239 2433 to make a direct gift.

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum anchors our history and our future. In 2019, we celebrate the bicentenary of this significant icon and the renewal is a fitting tribute.

All donors will be appropriately acknowledged for their support.  This includes an invitation to behind the scenes viewing, associated events, listing on a donor honour board and listing in the Annual Report.

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:

Joy England
Head of Development and Fundraising
P: + 612 8239 2433

Your gift to Sydney Living Museums makes a powerful difference.


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