Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney

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History Museum Museum
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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  • Loads and loads of information and so well displayed. The museum is a must of history lovers or anyone interested in Australian history. There are interactive displays, very interesting convict histor...  more »
  • Took our primary school kids and found this small museum really interesting. Convict history, some interactive displays,  more »
  • Mostr popular by far with tourists. Never seems to be a day go by where there isn't some group of overseas visitors going around the grounds. Features lovely historical within the grounds to see and h...  more »
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  • Best museum! I recommend doing the tour, the guide was very knowledgable and friendly. Really cool how they've restored the inside in different areas to how the building looked at different stages of history
  • So much to learn about! Well organised museum with great audio tour. Really worth a visit :)
  • 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.

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