Visitors at the Christmas markets, Hyde Park Barracks Museum . Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

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10AM - 5PM
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Please note: Hyde Park Barracks Museum is open throughout conservation work on the gatehouses.

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

In May 1819 Hyde Park Barracks opened to house convict men working in government gangs around Sydney.

Who were the Hyde Park Barracks convicts?

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

Entrance gates to museum with scaffolding over two gatehouses.

Hyde Park Barracks

Museum open during conservation workMonday 8 May 2017

Beneath the scaffolding now covering the gateposts and guardhouses of Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney Living Museums is conserving the 200-year-old stonework.

Group of five people.

Hyde Park Barracks

Irish Minister of State visits Hyde Park BarracksFriday 17 March 2017

Old newspaper print cartoon of man lying drunk outside a whiskey, rum and brandy shop with a sign reading: Specimen of the work done inside.

New online

Floor'd & spoony: convicts in solitaryTuesday 21 February 2017

Two actors dressed as convicts

Hyde Park Barracks

Convict Escapades Audition NoticeMonday 20 February 2017

Man smiling as he looks at inner workings of clock.

Hyde Park Barracks

Family time: the Hyde Park Barracks clockMonday 13 February 2017

Recently we had a visitor from the UK, Chris Vulliamy, who is a direct descendant of Benjamin Vulliamy (1747 - 1811) - the designer of the Hyde Park Barracks clock.

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.