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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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Address: Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number: +61 2 9223 8922
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This Sydney landmark has housed convicts and orphans, as well as ill,...

This Sydney landmark has housed convicts and orphans, as well as ill, impoverished women.

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The museum is set in the original old barracks, and is full of the history of the convicts who were sent to Australia. One is given a headset when entering, so one can move... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is set in the original old barracks, and is full of the history of the convicts who were sent to Australia. One is given a headset when entering, so one can move through the exhibits at ones own pace. You can even look to see if someone with the same surname as yourself was deported to Australia, and... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a fascinating look into the early history of Australia, not just Sydney, because this is where modern Australia started. I got there when a free tour started, and I'd highly recommend this. The gentleman (can't remember his name now) was very interesting and informative. Just to make it clear, though, entry into the barracks ISN'T free, but the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is definately a labor of love for the people who work here. Set in the original barracks that housed hundreds of convicts and indentured workers sent to Australia, it walks you through how life was, and what it became. Very neat old restored building. You must stop in

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Another must-see. To see into and appreciate Australia's history. Even if you are not a history buff, this is interesting.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum was quite interesting - knowing only scant bits about the history of Australia and its beginnings via British Transportation laws (not discounting the aboriginal people) the visit to the museum further enlightened me to the more of the details surrounding that time-period and the sentiments regarding it that are still around today. The tours are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Provides a perspective on the settlement of NSW and the challenges confronted by early Aussies. Allocate 1.5 hours to see this important historical structure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited in October and were welcomed by the staff on duty who couldn't have been more helpful. Great guided tour commentary - would recommend. It also helped us understand and link some of the other things we to see on our travels eg Melbourne jail and Port Arthur.Well worth the history lesson.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to find entrance, and not much to see , some sort of history display but really most are nothing new, even thou it calls itself a museum! the cafe staff are ignorant,and rude

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I absolutely loved this museum. Full of facts and artefacts from the convicts arriving and how they lived right up to the immigration. I was fascinated by how they all lived. The top floor has the hammocks and the sounds that echo around give you a real feeling for how it was. Definitely put on your to do list!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is the old barracks house that has been restored. Neat to see original parts of the building. The museum comes with a free audioguide. Many displays to read throughout that give you a really good idea what life was like in early Sydney. Plan to spend 1-2 hours here. Museum shop is really nice for gifts too.

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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.
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