Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney
(4.4/5 based on 650+ 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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  • A small museum with a big history. Located in a convenient place to visit. In the heart of Sydney. It is worth to spend an hour for reviewing this place. Very informative and visually. Many local schoolchildren.
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  • Museum of itself this tells the story of transportation and the colonisation of NSW. Excellent displays and free audio guide. 
  • Hyde Park Barracks is an often overlooked tourist attractions. The museum is an amazing attraction detailing the conditions & contributions convicts & Irish orphans girls endured during the colonizati...  more »
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  • Had a blast! very cheap for a whole lot of fun. it includes: Role plays, Life as a convict, Hands on activities, Bricklaying, brickmaking ECT!!!!!!!
  • A step back in time. Our early settlers had it tough. Our prisoners, even tougher.
  • Australia was started with convict labour - and this is where they slept. These prisoners were once our great shame - but they're now an essential part of our heritage. A small museum with archaeological digs and a well stocked bookshop. Come here for the most expensive coffee in Sydney at $6.80 for a flat white (not even Soy milk based!)
  • It was an interesting museum! The tour guide was great too. Plus free wifi :)
  • I liked the Hyde Park Barracks because we got to pretend we were convicts and build fake walls, make sand bricks, play in court and lay in the hammocks. It was enjoyable.