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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

Bearded man in workshop with bucket.

News

Centuries-old cooper’s craft proves evergreenThursday 14 June 2018

Our video of sixth generation cooper, George Smithwick, has proved our most popular on YouTube, with over half a million views.

Promo image for school holiday programs with kids dressed in warm gear in outdoor setting.

School holidays

Winter School Holidays 2018: opening hoursTuesday 12 June 2018

Brown leather hand sewn and shaped object with buttons and ties.

Hyde Park Barracks

Convicts ‘making do’ at the Hyde Park BarracksTuesday 5 June 2018

Four people gathered together holding award trophies.

News

SLM wins three National Trust Heritage AwardsFriday 4 May 2018

Today Sydney Living Museums won three major awards at the 24th Annual National Trust Heritage Awards.

Two actors dressed as convicts in doorway of guardhouse

Hyde Park Barracks

Budding actors set for Convict EscapadesWednesday 18 April 2018

We’re extremely excited to work with theatre production company Action Atelier to provide teenage actors the opportunity to develop their skills and perform to a public audience, alongside professional actors in Convict Escapades at Hyde Park Barracks Museum these holidays.

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.