The Hyde Park Barracks is one of the most popular museums in the entire city of Sydney, and when you visit you will see why.
It’s a fascinating learning experience for kids, where they can really delve into the history of the country, as well as find out some fascinating stories of the people who changed the country!
A World Heritage listed museum, Hyde Park Barracks is actually one of the most significant convict sites in the entire world. Here, tens of thousands of people came to a crossroads, and it played a key role in the world’s longest running system to transport convicts.
Kids – did you know that modern Sydney is actually built on convict foundations? Yep! And in the barracks, you are actually part of history. In 1819 the barracks was the home of convict men and boys, and 50,000 convicts passed through it’s doors over the next 3 years.
Today, you can actually visit the museum, and hear all about the stories of the people who came through it’s doors.
The exhibits within the museum really convey the history to kids. They can try on shackles, and even take a nap in a hammock! They can dress up just as the convicts would have been dressed, and even follow the Rat Tail through the museum, and win a fun stamp if they get all of the clues!
So why not visit and see why so many people consider this one of the “must-dos” within the city. Whether you live in Sydney, or are just visiting, it’s history come to life once more, and you are becoming part of it!