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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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
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+61 2 8239 2311
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The children where given an activity to complete to help their learning of convict Australia. Audio available for adults. Gives a good insight into convict Sydney

Thank Angela K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting and informative to learn about Australia's beginnings as a penal colony. If a senior citizen, be sure to ask for a senior discount. Nice little restaurant next door to enjoy lunch.

Thank Tracy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit not only for tourists but all Australians. As the birthplace of Australia a look into the past and where we have come to is required. And after go to lunch at the Restaurant next door.

Thank Jenbarry560
Reviewed 1 week ago

Gives a decent overview of Sydney's convict past, but I'm not sure I walked away knowing anything more that I didn't already know. The artifacts are basic, and the audio tour is good enough. But all a little underwhelming. The lunch next door, however, was...More

Thank YearofYes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great building, housing plenty of information about Australia's convict past. There's plenty of information here, with attentive staff.

Thank nickss1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the oldest structures in Sydney is this old barracks that has been converted into a museum. The building itself is very interesting and nicely preserved. From the grounds, one has a good view of the Sydney Tower.

Thank Dr_Bingcarlos
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful colonial building - one of the few still standing in Sydney! Very interesting to track the experiences of the various generations of unfortunates who passed through its door - but a little light on for artefacts and exhibits. Overall, worth a...More

Thank AndrewFoxRussel
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great museum detailing a lot of the history of the Australian penal colony and stories of the convicts.

Thank lisamarie2612
Reviewed 11 October 2017

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 9 October 2017 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

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