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. To visit Hyde Park Barracks Museum and other attractions in Sydney, use our Sydney vacation route planner.
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  • Hyde Park Barracks Museum is a must! It is a wonderful museum that really gives visitors an idea of the life for many during the early days of Sydney. A highlight! 
  • Very informative ...gives one an insight on the lives of convicts upon settlement in Australia. A glimpse into Australia's convict history. 
  • Very modern and multimedia museum experience. One of the best I have ever seen. A must have when visiting Sydney. 
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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.