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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  • Loved going to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. We bought the Museum Pass so it was not expensive to visit. I really enjoyed learning about Australian history. They provide an guided tour at 10:00 and 2...  more »
  • the deep insight into the Australian history conveyed by this museum. Still hard to imagine how it was actually is - to in this House also if you can touch things or lying in a hammock, a former prisoner. An audio guide is included in the price of admission - that there was still a personal introduction by an older gentleman - class! And the lunch / the burger in the accompanying Cafe tasted excellent.
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  • Nice restoration of the building and interesting exhibits on the archeology, but lacks a bit of depth on the history side. I suspect that the more you've read about the history, the less interesting t...  more »
  • Take the tour or request for the audio guide. You cannot miss this when in Sydney. The barracks play a very important role in convict history of the land. Prepare to spend at least 1.5 hours here to understand and relive the era. The artifacts and the preservation will leave you wanting for more. Exhibits are interactive. Highly recommended. $12 for adults . Concession tickets available.
  • I was just expecting a short history on transportation, and the harsh life that entailed. I was not expecting the building to have had such a long and varied life. The museum does not just show a snapshot in time like many such preserved buildings, indeed in many places the building is bared to the bone, showing 150 years of assorted building techniques, and exposing the ever changing form of the building as it changed from prison barracks for transported convict, to its later function as civil courts. Another interesting discussion in the museum was how in the 80's there was debate and controversy over how to best show the history of the building, and which state, if any, should be preserved and restored. The level of tech integrated into the interpretive displays is minimal, a few well designed touch screens, and a couple of creative projections. I'd say that 6-10 year olds are should find enough hidden treasure and lift the flap exhibits to keep them amused. Helpful and friendly staff. I expected a 20 minute visit, and was there about an hour
  • Probably one of the best venues in the Sydney Living Museums group. The building is a surviving relic of early Sydney, while it has had a long and storied life and has undergone vast changes throughout its days much effort has been made to restore portions of it and maintain as much as possible. The barracks itself is filled with items, stories and artworks detailing Sydney's early days, especially the details of our convict heritage. External buildings include the courthouse and gatehouse, which are relics interesting in their own right. Recommended visit if you're interested in Sydney's past at all.
  • 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.
  • What a superb museum. Set in the middle of Sydney it’s a great way to learn about Sydney’s convict heritage. And all housed within a building of many lives. It’s interactive. They give you a guided handset as part of the entry fee. And there is a nice little cafe on the grounds (which doesn’t require you paying the entry fee to enjoy). Highly recommended.

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