Hyde Park Barracks

Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney: Hours, Address, Hyde Park Barracks Reviews: 4.5/5

Hyde Park Barracks
4.5
Speciality Museums • Points of Interest & Landmarks • History Museums
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Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in the heart of Sydney, the Hyde Park Barracks is an extraordinary living record of early colonial Australia. Originally built to house convicts, the barracks has also served as an immigration depot, asylum, law courts and government offices. Today, you can discover the stories of the Hyde Park Barracks through a self-guided immersive experience that will feel like stepping back in time. Using our groundbreaking interactive audio technology, you’ll follow in the footsteps of real people whose lives were touched by this place – male convicts, immigrants and women in need, as well as the Aboriginal nations that were impacted by colonial Australia.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Central Business District
The Sydney Central Business District is abuzz with energy. Power brokers run to and from high rise buildings and after-work drink places, high-end shoppers tour venues like the QVB, and fine diners frequent the many celebrity chef restaurants. For a dose of culture, walk to the NSW Art Gallery, or visit the Sydney Museum. To escape the hustle and bustle, reconnect with nature at the Sydney Botanical Gardens or picnic lunch at High Park. No matter your interest, be sure to check the full calendar of events hosted by the city, from the Sydney Festival in January to October’s Good Food Month at Hyde Park.
How to get there
  • St James • 2 min walk
  • Martin Place • 3 min walk
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TheRose16
Brisbane, Australia8 contributions
May 2022
We had a fabulous time visiting Hyde Park Barracks in Sydney with our 6 year old grandson, with the headphones telling the story and all the interactive displays we really enjoyed our visit so we went around twice so we could hear the story again. We would really recommend a visit.
Written 21 May 2022
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June C
St. Ives, Australia475 contributions
Apr. 2022 • Family
This lovely museum has been ruined by ugly modern sculptures, no signs and the use of a recorded tour. It has lost its charm and frankly looks really touristy and cheap. Very unfortunate renovation.
Written 18 April 2022
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looshik
St. Ives, Australia13 contributions
I came with a 14 yo and 7 yo children. We took the audio guide and we absolutely loved it. It is a fantastic way to learn about the history of Sydney and convicts. I recommend to anyone who likes to know more about Sydney’s early life.
Written 17 April 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,324 contributions
Apr. 2022
Entry to the Hyde Park Barracks is free on weekends until the end of June 2022. This is a very generous offer and is a huge saving because its normally $24 adult/$64 family.
The UNESCO World Heritage listed site has a chequered past. Built by convicts to house convicts, it looks almost exactly the same as it did when first built in 1819.
When it was no longer needed for convicts, it housed female immigrants, orphans and aged and destitute women instead. Much later, it was re-purposed for courtrooms and government offices.
The 3 storey building has a simple yet striking façade. The convict forger/architect Francis Greenway designed it and the Governor was so impressed that he was granted Greenway a full pardon.
Inside you’ll see a collection of artefacts covering the convict and indigenous history as well as the period when the, mainly Irish, female immigrants and orphans stayed here.
Artefacts were commonly found under the floorboards of the building, the most common finds being mummified rats and the small clay and bone pipes that were smoked by both men and women.
There are cat-o’-nine-tail whips, leg irons, convict tools and the remains of the rough calico tunics with thin blue stripes that were the obligatory convict clothing.
One room is set up with row upon row of convict hammocks to give you an impression of the cramped and rough sleeping quarters. A soundtrack plays in the background to create a scarily vivid effect of what conditions might have been like. A couple of rooms have excellent dioramas. There’s a lot of variety in the displays and both the displays and information is pitched at a level which works for both kids and adults.
Headphones and audio-guide are free. I’m not always a fan of headsets but you will need to use these because most of the information is via the audio. The audio starts automatically and progresses through the tour without the need to continually press buttons. Occasionally we found that it dropped in and out or re-started if we moved slightly. In some areas you needed to find the sweet spot to stand to avoid this. I can see that other reviewers also had this issue but as several have said, it was only a minor issue and was not frequent enough to be annoying.
NOTE: The Justice & Museum and the Museum of Sydney are also free on weekends under this same offer.
Written 9 April 2022
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Hamish M
Gold Coast, Australia9 contributions
This is a great experience - it is a solo tour in the barracks we’re the convicts were kept. It is great for all ages. Each person gets a pair of headphones and you listen throughout the building. It senses which part of the building you’re in so you can skip through areas and the headphones will adjust. There are kid audio tours available.
Written 8 April 2022
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MsC1
Sydney, Australia81 contributions
Apr. 2022
Excellent museum providing clear explanation of early colonial life in Sydney. As a local resident it was my first visit. What distinguished it from other similar museums is how experiences/reflections by the indigenous community were incorporated into the displays. The visit takes around 90 minutes to complete and is in close proximity to the CBD and other visitor attractions. Weekend tickets are currently free. There were some minor connectivity problems with the headsets.
Written 3 April 2022
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Jacqui N
3 contributions
Feb. 2022
A wonderful interesting immersive experience at Hyde Park Barrack's After Dark.

I am an artist/creative producer who was commissioned by Sydney Living Museums to present a new light story.

LOVE THAT DARES is my light artwork that was 3D projection-mapped onto the facade of Hyde Park Barracks.

I have not been paid to write this review - I just want people to know how wonderful it is to collaborate with this museum.
Written 27 February 2022
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Wallaby07
Cowra, Australia66 contributions
Being about 7 years since our last visit we were pleasantly surprised at the modern updates. The audio tour was terrific and allowed you to loose yourself in the exhibition. In the bunk room the audio made it seem like I was surrounded by convicts.
My son was engrossed by the holograms in the final gallery.
We came as a time filler while half our party did bridge climb and I am so glad we did!
Thankyou for keeping history relevant in this technological age.
Written 25 January 2022
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Solveig51
6 contributions
Jun. 2021
This museum is by far one of the best I have visited. The audio guided tour is informative and clear, the displays visual and inventive. The fact that you don't need to read poster after poster makes the experience so much more enjoyable. Highly recommended.
Written 20 June 2021
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sydlivmus
Thanks so much for visiting. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the new immersive experience!
Written 25 November 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia10,455 contributions
Apr. 2021
Francis Greeway (1777-1837) was transported to New South Wales for forgery. The Greenways had been, in England ,stonemasons, builders and architects for generations.. His genius as an architect was soon recognised by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, a great builder. The Hyde Park Barracks are one Greenway's few masterfpieces that remain intact. Initially, it was a convict barracks; it has many other uses since.. It is now a museum, and also houses a coffee shop. This beautiful building is listed as World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Written 15 June 2021
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  • Thu - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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