Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney

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#5 of 51 in Museums in Sydney
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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  • So much to see and I highly recommend a visit and about the first European settlement in Sydney and was a penal colony for convicts. Loads of photos, artifacts and exhibits.  more »
  • The building went in world heritage sites. Try various exhibits of the former prison, now studying.
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  • Amazing museum. Highly recommend the 2pm guided tour, it tells you a lot about the stories behind the architectural work behind. I really enjoyed it. 20% of the Australian population is said to have convict ancestors from England and Ireland. You can even search your family history in the museum’s convict database! It is good to see that the country has now come to treat its history with pride and value the architectural legacy that recorded its past.
  • 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 prams or disabilities and the such) to visit this place. However, it is recommended.

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