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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  • Hyde park barracks was built in 1819 to house convicted men transported to Australia to serve their sentences. On its 3 floors it housed from 600 to 1300 men. The museum has excellent displays which p...  more »
  • A good opportunity to learn about the convict history of Australia. Centrally located in Sydney next to Hyde Park, this period building has seen muliple uses of the last 200 years but now is doing it'...  more »
  • This museum tells the story of the prisoners that were relocated to Australia from the UK. I had heard about this but did not know all the details. The Barracks/Museum told the story in a very approac...  more »
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  • I think this is an important part of Australian history. The building, the rooms, the stories of those who stayed here - they all come together nicely. That chilling feeling when you hear the ghostly voice recordings... It was not crowded when we visited here, and I think it enhanced the experience. If you are visiting this town, this is a must see.
  • We enjoyed our visit. Very educational well laid out. Well worth a visit. However the Bakehouse food is great except they put a percentage charge on Credit Card use.
  • 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.
  • Very informative on the use of the barracks over the years, the conditions of those travelling to and carrying out jail sentences. A history from the first settlers to modern day, in relation to the barracks. By far my favourite piece is the model figures of how the building has been adapted and changed to fit its needs.
  • A really interesting museum that caters across ages. You could spend a good half day there and learn so much. Ticket entry was really reasonable. What a fascinating place! Definitely worth a visit.

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