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Hyde Park Barracks Sydney

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Hyde Park Barracks
Queens Square
Macquarie St
Sydney
NSW
2000
Tel: 2 8239 2311

Where are we going today?

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!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12
  • Children$8
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm

Daily, but closed Good Friday & Christmas Day

Teachers corner

Their curriculum-linked programs for primary and secondary students explore what it was like to be a convict and investigate archaeological and historical processes. Tours for tertiary and adult education groups can be booked by appointment. Great for students to visit!.

I'm Hungry!

The cafe has closed at the Barracks, but there is a No.10 Bistro next door at The Mint if you need to grab something!.

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy options in No.10 for you - and of course plenty of options around the city!.

Any Top Tips?

Umbrellas and bags over handbag size must be checked in and left..

Need a little extra help?

The ground floor of the museum is accessible for wheelchairs and visitors with limited mobility. The upper floors of the museum can only be accessed by stair. There are accessible toilets in the rear perimeter buildings and the cafe..

Can I get one of those?

They have a range of toys, games, books and gifts in the gift shop, all inspired by colonial times!.

What people are saying?

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    The museum did tours which are quite fun! You get to see the history of Sydney contained in a very unique heritage building! Thoroughly enjoyable, I would recommend this to everyone.

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    Hyde Park Barracks is a great museum to get some insights into the history of Sydney. The barracks used to serve many purposes, and as such have plenty of stories to tell. From prison to female migrant boarding house and later on the courts, there are many different facets to this museum which will all reflect back onto the city as a whole. The main building itself is interesting to visit as restorations have been done very carefully and many features such as wall paint or parts of the foundations are permanently exposed so that visitors get an...Read More

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    When I got lost in this park I stumbled upon the barracks museum. The place is beautiful and it's positioned in a great place which encourages people to discover it's purpose. If you have free time go have a browse!

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    The Barracks is one of my favourite buildings in Sydney. The convict made building is absolutely beautiful and the bricks almost glimmer in the sun. Spend some time walking around the pebbled courtyard and then head into the museum for a quick snapshot of Australian convict history. A fantastic place to visit and it is typically quite (with the exception of the busy cafe) compared to other Sydney spots.

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    Anyone who is a fan of Australian history should take some time out of their day to see this place. IF you have the time undertake a tour as well. They are also hosts to events regularly and the atmosphere of these events is only heightened by the location.

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by Silke Elzner

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Hyde Park Barracks is a great museum to get some insights into the history of Sydney. The barracks used to serve many purposes, and as such have plenty of stories to tell. From prison to female migrant boarding house and later on the courts, there are many different facets to this museum which will all reflect back onto the city as a whole. The main building itself is interesting to visit as restorations have been done very carefully and many features such as wall paint or parts of the foundations are permanently exposed so that visitors get an idea about the way the building was constructed. The exhibition contains many items that have been found during the restorations, such as buttons, bones and cloth. Kids may not be overall entertained as this not a very interactive museum, but still there is a lot to see and to explore even for the little ones.

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