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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. Free guided tours for museum ticket holders, lasting about one hour, are offered twice daily on most days. Audio tours are provided free with admission in English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Italian and German. Audio guides and a large-print brochure are available from the ticketing and reception desk. There is also a scrolling text or captioned Auslan tour, available on handheld devices from the reception desk.
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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is very well curated museum which brings alive the conditions under which the people had to accept as part of the convict history. I consider this a must visit site as you get a really good overview of life in the early days of...More

Thank Elena R
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Good place to visit to find out about Sydney's convict past, audio guide is included in the entry fee. Very informative displays on ground floor about the convict history and Sydney' development.

Thank Wayne T
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I loved this. There is an audio tour. It felt more real being in the actual spot where this history took place. Great to hear the history.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyed the visit and the history of this site. Small but an amazing history. Interactive activity book kept the kids entertained. Worth a look.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I spent a great few hours at the museum. Well thought out layout and exhibits which are sensitively and clearly explained. Interesting insight into the history of Sydney and Australia.

Thank Guy M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While on a visit to Sydney, I'd spotted this attraction in the guide book and it lived up to the expectation I had of it. The Barracks started life as a place for the new immigrants (convicts) to live and has seen many changes over...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn’t see something that I could be amazed, just the place to be l8ke an 9ld building and no more,,

Thank Lewis125
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was extremely interesting. The exhibits are well-organized. I liked that you could touch and feel the displays and have an interactive experience. The excellent free audioguide really helped us understand the history better. The receptionists were also very friendly and helpful! Highly recommended!

Thank justinehsu
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Boy are we lucky we didn’t live in those times. Very much worth an hour or so to get a look into what the early days in Sydney were like for some people. The recorded self guide option is well worth listening to. Staff are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A building for convicts, immigrant women, and later, district court. Good way to learn and see Sydney's history. Entry to each museum costs $12. The Sydney Museum Pass costs $24 and allows you entry to each of the 12 museums. The Pass is valid for...More

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