Visit Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Getting here

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum is closed 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.


Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

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.