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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  • This building is one of the oldest in Sydney, and has a special historic function. It played an important role in the "processing" of the convicts sent over from Britain.  more »
  • Always send our visitors to this museum, its got so much info. An amazing building to learn about as it served so many purposes over the years! You learn about convict history and migration stories al...  more »
  • We really enjoyed the experience of visiting this actual place of history; it gave us good perspective on the founding of modern day Australia and lead to a nice walk in Hyde Park, and a visit to the ...  more »
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  • The tour guide was extremely well informed about convicts and Australian history. He made the tour very interesting. I definitely learnt a lot and enjoyed my time here. There are lots of stairs and so it might be tough for some people (people with peaks or disabilities and the such) to visit this place. However, it is recommended.
  • Hyde Park museum is a wonderful way to learn about the early days of the Colony in Sydney. The "Ratty" booklet for kids is a great way to engage them. The dress-ups are fantastic and we had an enjoyable afternoon there.
  • Excellent Museum. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Building has been very well restored and kept the same feel as it would have been when first build. Must see when in Sydney.
  • $12 adult, cheaper for students, children, and retirees. If you are really interested, expect 2-2.5h visit. If you're just curious expect 1-1.5h. Free audio tour was super well made and exists in about 6 different languages. One of the better historical museums I've been to. I'm also the kind of person that usually don't think that it's worth paying entry for museums, but in the this case it was well worth it. It's basically a densely informational crash course of the city of Sydney, the convict settlements, how it really worked out in practice, and their relationship with the Aboriginals. All with the basis of this building where most convicts and many female asylum seekers started out in Sydney. I highly recommend this museum at any time of the day.
  • Outstanding Museum, especially for those who do not know much about the early colonization of Australia by European convicts. Fascinating and really well done, to the highest standards of the Australian Park Services.

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