Visit Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Getting here

Address

Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone

Museum

+61 2 8239 2311

Bakehouse

+61 2 9232 1837

By public transport

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

Train

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).

Bus

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.

Parking

 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

Hours

Museum

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

Bakehouse

Mon-Fri 10am–4pm
Sat & Sun: 10am–4pm
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

Admission

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

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Tours & groups

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

For all group tours, please make a booking before your visit, by calling us on +61 2 8239 2211.

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.

Accessibility

Mobility

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 wheelchairs and visitors with limited mobility. The upper floors of the museum can only be accessed by stair.

Facilities

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.

Food & drink

Bakehouse

Bakehouse, a contemporary take on the Australian colonial experience, is now open in the courtyard of the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

Located in the original 1819 convict bakehouse and store, Bakehouse specialises in house-made baked goods, delicious sweet treats, tasty pot pies and delectable damper burgers, served alongside a selection of craft beers and an eclectic mix of cocktails. Bakehouse kitchen, bar and store offers a unique, relaxed and affordable opportunity to soak in the history, enjoy a meal and browse the bespoke giftware range.

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 10am–4pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am–4pm

Contact

P: 02 9232 1837

W: http://www.freshcatering.com.au/our-venues/hyde-park-barracks/dining

Download Bakehouse menu

Download Bakehouse beverages list

Interior of the Bakehouse at Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Photo © Fresh Catering.

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.

Shop

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.