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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


 


 

Videos


 

News from Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Children in hammocks room.

Media release

Media release: Convict EscapadesWednesday 11 April 2018

Child feeding animal over wooden fence.

School holidays

Autumn School Holidays 2018: opening hoursMonday 19 March 2018

Cropped black and white photo of woman in mutton-chop sleeves with hands behind her head in a cane chair outdoors.

International Women's Day

Women's stories, women's livesWednesday 7 March 2018

To celebrate International Women's Day, we've brought together some of the stories of the lives of women associated with our houses, our exhibitions and our collections.

Print with three figures on beach and one in boat, getting ready to row out to distant ship.

Hyde Park Barracks

Love at last sightWednesday 7 February 2018

Two recently acquired love tokens give us a fascinating glimpse of the emotional experiences of convicts we otherwise know only through impersonal government records.The convicts banished to the Australian...

Two kids in convict costume with man in superintendent's costume outside brick building.

Hyde Park Barracks

Convict Escapades 2018 Audition NoticeTuesday 6 February 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.