Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney

(4.5/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
At Hyde Park Barracks Museum, 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 Museum is on the Unesco World Heritage list as an Australian convict site. To visit Hyde Park Barracks Museum and other attractions in Sydney, use our Sydney vacation route planner.
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  • We took a tour called Convict Sydney in 2012. It was amazing and gave us a better glimpse behind the early history of Sydney, specifically the Rocks District. I would highly recommend taking a tour he...  more »
  • Don't be put off by the simple blockish exterior, here is where Sydney, and indeed Australia began and here is a chance to peek at that past. From the convict made bricks to the judicial role, there a...  more »
  • This museum really shares stories about the time convicts came to Australia and very interesting to know more history about that time. If you are that type of person, definetly would recommend it.  more »
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  • This is a fascinating museum, very well thought out and presented. The self-guided audio tour, the artifacts and exhibits, and the printed placards in each room, work well together, making the education and "feel" for the subject matter very enjoyable and accessible. The fact that it all takes place in the actual historic building (rather than in a separate museum), adds to the experience. Kudos, Hyde Park Barracks Museum!
  • Admission costs as much as the Sydney Museum, which was surprising. There is a student discount though, and the exhibits are well-done. You'll get a broad yet detailed overview of Sydney's early years. You'll also find stories of various building occupants reconstructed from old documents. The historic building itself holds much of the appeal.
  • Good place to learn about convict history. I must admit I was expecting a bit more... once you are in the only interaction you have is with the exhibit, on your own. Could benefit from guides in each area to set the mood and provide the one-on-one experience to make it really special.
  • We visited the cafe for lunch on a hot summer's day. The meal was delicious. Lots of healthy, fresh options and served with refreshing housemade lemonade.
  • Major part of Sydney's history. Worth the visit and the free tour is offered in the morning which was great. Make sure the check the tour time before you go.