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10am–5pm
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Entry

Adult  | $12 
Concession  | $8 
Family  | $30 
Members  | Free of charge
Children under 5 years  | Free of charge

Address

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

Museum: 02 8239 2311
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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.

Convicts

1819–1848

The Hyde Park Barracks once stood at the heart of a sprawling network of convict sites and systems.

Convict Sydney

Women

1848–1887

With the end of transportation, the main building was converted into Sydney's female Immigration Depot in 1848. 

Irish orphan girls at Hyde Park Barracks

Courts

1887–1979

From 1887 Hyde Park Barracks was taken over by courts and government offices and became a bustling legal centre for Sydney.

Irritatingly bad buildings

 

Museum

1979 – present

Restored and excavated in NSW's first publicly-funded archaeological dig, the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks is now a museum about itself.

Australian Convict Sites: World Heritage


 


 

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News from Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Boy flying kite in field.

School holidays

Spring School Holidays 2018: opening hoursMonday 17 September 2018

Girl dressed as convict carrying bricks.

Donors

Thank you to donorsFriday 24 August 2018

Group of children in school uniform looking at objects on display.

Conservation

Projects funded at Museum of Sydney and Hyde Park BarracksThursday 16 August 2018

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum and the site of the first Government House at the Museum of Sydney were successful in securing grants in this year’s Protecting National Historic Sites program.

Group of four women in period costumes in front of sandstone steps.

The Mint

NIDA students in costume at the Barracks & The MintTuesday 14 August 2018

NIDA costume design students were seen modelling the costumes that they designed at Hyde Park Barracks Museum and The Mint.

View of cafe from courtyard with outdoor dining setup.

Hyde Park Barracks

Thank you to Bakehouse patrons for their supportMonday 16 July 2018

Online shop

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
Girt
The Unauthorised History of Australia $29.99

Featured stories from Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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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.