Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney

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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. Put Hyde Park Barracks Museum into our Sydney trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • It was under construction. I'm very sorry. For some reason, there were a lot of flies. I feel a little unsanitary. It seems that it is not possible to visit one cup this year.
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  • A must visit if you are keen to learn about our Australian history. Make sure you take a tour as the guides are amazing and passionate about sharing information on our history. There is also a café on...  more »
  • It was closed for refurbishment but this impressive reminder of our Colonial past is worth some comment even with an external view only on this occasion. Opened in 1819 the three story building was de...  more »
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  • 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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