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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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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...more
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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 2 days ago via mobile

Review is based only on the first floor of the three storey museum - there are only stairs for the second and third floors, so bring a carrier instead of a stroller if you’re bringing a baby or be prepared to carry baby up the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank flapflap
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum, not big and very interesting So that you learn a lot about the convicts who populated Australia: why they were sent there, their long journey to get there,how they lived, their work, social life, how they got their sentences lifted etc... they shaped...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DanielD513
Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to see and I highly recommend a visit and about the first European settlement in Sydney and was a penal colony for convicts. Loads of photos, artifacts and exhibits.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kerrie L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a superb museum which shows the way in which both Immigrants or Convicts were documented and housed. The displays are quite fascinating and reading some of the documentation with regards the prisoners deported from England was quite horrific, making you wonder how they...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 369heather
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing find. It's not terribly well marked; we walked in randomly and paid the fee. We got an amazing lesson on an incredibly interesting part of Aussie history and a perspective in how governments have always and continue to exploit and expand. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marinite2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are interested in Australian History, or of any colonial history, than this is a must visit attraction. There is not much here other than the building and a history of its uses but it quickly gets you into understanding the challenges and hardships...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank David L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We spent two hours devouring all the information about the convict transportation to settle Australia. Not overwhelming, but just right for the average tourist. We even swung in the hammocks in the sleeping quarters.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PointerDetroit
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good couple of hours looking around the old barracks. Some interesting information and artefacts. Well worth a look.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

We like to come here now and then to do a bit of shopping to get something different that you sometimes not able to buy in stores.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank A7312HBmiriamc
Reviewed 11 December 2018

Doesn’t matter if you are into historical facts or not you have to go and take in how this great nation was formed and built on by criminals from around the world. See it, feel it and try some of it out.

Date of experience: December 2018
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12 October 2018|
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