Visitors at the Christmas markets, Hyde Park Barracks Museum . Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums

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10AM - 5PM
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Please note: Hyde Park Barracks Museum is open throughout conservation work on the gatehouses.

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

In May 1819 Hyde Park Barracks opened to house convict men working in government gangs around Sydney.

Who were the Hyde Park Barracks convicts?

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

Olsson’s Salts at the Christmas Fare, Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Media release

Our annual artisan Christmas Fare is back!Wednesday 30 November 2016

Three people sitting on bed in exhibition space.

Hyde Park Barracks

Interpretation Australia award for exhibitionThursday 20 October 2016

The popular and immersive Female Immigration Depot, 1848-1886 exhibition which opened at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum in July 2014 has recently received an Interpretation Australia Judges Award.

Black and white photo of woman in formal dress.

Hyde Park Barracks

Peter Garrett’s Hyde Park Barracks ancestorThursday 29 September 2016

Musician and former politician Peter Garrett is another of the growing number of Australians to claim an ancestor related to Hyde Park Barracks.

Children dressed in convict costume seated at long table with food and drink.

Education

A night in the barracks for Taree Public SchoolWednesday 24 August 2016

As part of the 2016 NAIDOC Week program at Barangaroo Reserve, students from Taree Public School got to spend a memorable night in the Hyde Park Barracks.

A piece of embroidered cloth, showing signs of age.

Hyde Park Barracks

Sampling history at the Hyde Park BarracksWednesday 20 July 2016

Year 4 students from St Paul’s Grammar School were treated to a special surprise during their recent excursion to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

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.