Visit Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Getting here


Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000



+61 2 8239 2311

By public transport

We are located at the southern (Hyde Park) end of Macquarie Street, next to The Mint.


The museum is a 5-minute walk from St James station (City Circle line) or a 10-minute walk from Martin Place station (Eastern Suburbs line).


The nearest bus stops are on Elizabeth Street at Hyde Park, which is a  5-minute walk away.

The 200 bus, which runs between Chatswood and Bondi Junction train stations on Mondays to Fridays only, stops on Macquarie Street.

For up-to-date timetables or to find the quickest public transport routes visit the Transport Infoline or call 131500

By road

There is no public parking at Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Buses and cars can pause to drop-off and pick-up around the corner from the museum on Prince Albert Road.


 The Domain parking station offers a special discount to our visitors when pre-booking a parking spot online. Select Book a Bay and enter the promo code SLM. The parking station is a 10-minute walk from the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Enter from St Marys Road.

Limited meter parking is available in the streets around the Royal Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park.

Bike parking

We do not have secure parking for bikes at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Hours & admission

Open today, 10am–5pm



Open daily, 10am–5pm
Admission charges apply
Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum will close to the general public from 29 January 2019 for an exciting renewal project that will see this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site transformed into a leading international cultural destination. The Museum will re-open in late 2019. Read more about the project.


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

*2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children

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Tours & groups

Self-guided visits & guided tours

Free guided tours for museum ticket holders, lasting about one hour, are offered twice daily on most days.

Audio tours

Audio tours are provided free with admission in English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Italian and German. 

Group bookings

We offer a range of tour options for groups of 10 or more and recommend booking in advance. Please visit our Groups page to find out about our various tours and how to book. 

School bookings

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum runs education programs for primary and secondary students. Programs are very popular and session times book out rapidly. Call us on +61 2 8239 2211 to check availability and make a booking. View the full list of programs on offer.

Vacation care group bookings

Sydney Living Museums offers tailored vacation care programs at a number of our properties, including the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Find out more about what's available at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum for vacation care groups.




The ground floor of the museum featuring the Convict Sydney exhibition and perimeter buildings, which include a cell, courtroom, archaeological excavations of the Deputy Superintendent of Convicts’ office and cafe, are accessible for visitors with limited mobility. The upper floors of the museum can only be accessed by stair.


There are accessible toilets in the rear perimeter buildings and the cafe.

Accessible tours

We are always happy to try to accommodate individual visitors with specific needs into our regular guided tours, but we are best able to do that if you call ahead to let us know about any particular requirements you have. For groups with specific needs, we can develop customised tours to support those needs. Please call ahead to arrange on +61 2 8239 2211.

Hearing and vision

Audio guides and a large-print brochure are available from the ticketing and reception desk. There is also a scrolling text or captioned Auslan tour, available on iPods from the reception desk.

Venue hire

Centrally located on Macquarie Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, Hyde Park Barracks Museum is an elegant, versatile venue that can host events for 20–1200 people.

Bookings & inquiries

Contact the Venues Team today.

Photo © Penelope Beveridge for Sydney Living Museums

Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine

The Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine is located on the southern wall of the Hyde Park Barracks, on the site of the former convict-era kitchen and mess halls. The monument was inspired by the 1995 call of Irish President Mary Robinson to remember the famine of 1845–52 and those who died or were forced to emigrate. The barracks is an apt location for the monument: 2253 of the 4114 Irish orphan girls who arrived in Australia between 1848 and 1850 were housed at the barracks during its term as Sydney’s female Immigration Depot. 

Visitors are able to see the monument from both inside and outside the courtyard of the Hyde Park Barracks Museum; the inner courtyard is accessible during museum visiting hours, while the outer side of the monument can be seen at any time.

Read more about the Monument.

Other information

Children & families

This museum tells vivid stories about what it was like to be a convict, or to be an orphan shipped across the world to make a new life. You can lie down in a hammock, try on leg irons and convict clothes, find rats and the rubbish and treasures they pulled under the floor to make their nests, and hear stories about the people who have lived and worked here. Follow the 'Rats' Trail' through the museum to collect historical clues and receive a stamp at the front desk.

During the school holidays, we offer a range of holiday programs – see our Events calendar for details.


Don’t miss our terrific range of books, toys, games and gifts inspired by convict and colonial times.

Things to remember

Umbrellas and bags over handbag size must be cloaked.

There is limited space for stroller parking at the museum.