Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

World heritage site · History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
At Hyde Park Barracks, learn about the arrival of the prisoners who constituted the First Fleets from England. Convict architect Francis Greenway designed the building in the 19th century to house inmates. Today, the square Georgian structure is a museum displaying the barrack's history. View the large murals that line its corridors and show the convicts' offences, which resulted in deportation to Australia. Hyde Park Barracks is on the Unesco World Heritage list as an Australian convict site. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Sydney holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Hyde Park Barracks and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • One of the most interesting museums I’ve been to. Insightful history about the convict era in the early 1800s, including the impact on the indigenous community. The audio guide is very engaging and...  more »
  • Situauated near the heart of the city, the Hyde Park Barracks is a great place to learn about early Sydney history. If you are a NSW resident you also get discount tickets. I went with my 13 year...  more »
  • Awesome experience don’t miss it. Took our 10 year old she loved it. You wear headphones and are fully immersed in the convict days via commentary and sounds that help you feel a strong link and...  more »
  • The Hyde Park Barracks is closed for a major renewal... Over the coming months, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum will be transformed into a world-leading cultural destination, with new innovative visitor experiences, education programs and dynamic technology making it best in class for museums in Australia Hyde Park Barracks The Hyde Park Barracks is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the historic heart of Sydney. Built to house – and control – male convicts, the barracks had far-reaching impact as the administrative hub of the colony’s convict system. After 1848, it sheltered immigrant girls and young women, and cared for older, sick and poor women. Drawing together key threads of convict life, Aboriginal resilience and free immigration, the story of the barracks is the story of Australia’s modern beginnings.
  • Amazing trip down the long path of history. every nation has its history and this is the story of the convicts and the orphan women who helped build the city of Sydney. I loved the audio tour and learned so much about this history of Australia, which is a lot richer than the outback stories portrayed by Hollywood!
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. It is well laid out— very educational without being overwhelming or boring. The audio guide is quality and really tells the story well. Would recommend a visit to anyone interested in learning about the history of Sydney.
  • My visit was Australia day 2019. The staff were very helpful and I loved the archeological artifacts. I also loved the boxes with personal items belonging to the Irish Orphans. I think it is a bit like Old Sydney Town but the real one.
  • Amazing museum. Highly recommend the 2pm guided tour, it tells you a lot about the stories behind the architectural work behind. I really enjoyed it. 20% of the Australian population is said to have convict ancestors from England and Ireland. You can even search your family history in the museum’s convict database! It is good to see that the country has now come to treat its history with pride and value the architectural legacy that recorded its past.

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