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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 8239 2311
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The UNESCO listed Hyde Park Barracks is one of the most significant convict sites in the world. A crossroads for tens of thousands of people, it played a central role in the world’s largest and longest-running system of convict transportation.
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Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Central Business District
+61 2 8239 2311
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily accessible piece of Sydney history. If you enjoy building history, compact building to go through, well presented and I liked seeing sections of the walls scraped back to see old brick colonial brickwork and paint colours, as well as areas of previous archaeology digging....More

Thank camt9999
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum offers interesting and historical information regarding early life in Sydney. The building itself through history has held both prisoners and immigrant women. The museum offers great facts/stories that can be read or listened to via the free listening device. Additionally, there are activities/listening...More

1  Thank baileyk204
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great if you have an interest in the convict history of Sydney and it also has a very good coffee shop attached.

Thank Narziss
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit. I learned a lot about the convicts who were sent to Australia and found this a very interesting place. Beautiful old building and great walking tour with headphone audio. A must visit.

Thank cmf2506
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great hands on way for us to learn how Australia became a country. You can see how the convicts lived. The audio you listen to does a great job explaining what you are looking at in each room. We listened in on...More

Thank soccersharon
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's worth it to spend an hour with the audio guide. The recreation of the barracks are amazing, and you get a great sense of Sydney history here.

Thank rzsandoval
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting background, culture, insight into the early days of Australia. Far superior than the Australian museum down the road if you only had one

Thank MichaelJT19
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The barracks were super interesting to walk through. I really didn't know much about the convict history of Australia, so this was eye opening. The museum does a great job of giving information through the audio guide while you walk through the well presented barracks.

1  Thank R M
Reviewed 10 September 2017

A very easy museum to get to. This museum provides an excellent view of convict history. The material on Governor Lachlan Macquarie is also very interesting. What a past we have.

Thank Sandy K
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Very interesting and well-presented history of the building as it relates to the history of Sydney and also a good selection of artefacts relevant to the building presented along with it. Well worth an hour or so. We picked up the museum pass there which...More

Thank Mike A
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