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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
+61 2 9223 8922
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This Sydney landmark has housed convicts and orphans, as well as ill, impoverished women.
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  • Average6%
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Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Central Business District
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+61 2 9223 8922
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Reviewed today

We loved this museum...so much to see and learn. Really well set out and displayed. Worth a visit but give yourself some time to take it all in. The staff at the museum are also very friendly and helpful.

Thank reidJhb
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I visited here having recently discovered some convicts and an Irish orphan in my ancestry. The barracks was basically the clearing house for convicts and emigrants in the colony. It's Australia's equivalent of Ellis island and considerably more humane than our current political setting on...More

Thank wendycarlisle
Reviewed 5 days ago

A great insight into the life of our convict and early immigration heritage. The younger kids were kept suitably entertained with the 'rat hunt' allowing the adults time to explore the museum.

Thank AdeleM69
Reviewed 6 days ago

I visited the Hyde Park Barracks Museum in July 2017. It is near Hyde Park and St. Mary's Cathedral at the beginning of Macquarie Street. The Hyde Park Barracks Museum tells the story of the 600 plus convicts who came to Australia in 1787, You...More

Thank blairkk25
Reviewed 1 week ago

Steeped in history, the location provokes thought about the past treatment of convicts. The gift shop is staffed with knowledgeable help. One took the time to tell me that the man on 10 bill (one I had from a previous trip long ago) was Mr...More

Thank lawfox
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a small museum but interesting. It was a good place to go on our first full day in Sydney to understand the history of Australia and the first convicts sent over. We did it in an hour, others could take 2 hours I...More

Thank tropicaltammi
Reviewed 1 week ago

This fascinating original building of early convict Sydney serves two purposes. It allows you to understand how the building was used throughout its life and what it would have been like for those who lived and worked there. The other great thing is that it...More

Thank klbea26
Reviewed 1 week ago

Check out how prisoners and soldiers first lived when arriving in Australia just over two hundred years ago

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to visit as it explains the early life of Sydney. The rooms are well laid out and the objects on display illustrate the setting up of the new colony.

Thank Judy J
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was not excited to go there but my wife really wanted to see it. Boy was I wrong it was a wealth of information

Thank Bruce H
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