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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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Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Central Business District
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great place to spend an hour or so looking at the colonisation of Sydney through the eyes of convicts and immigrants. The barracks is divided up and dedicated to aspects of life such as immigration, punishment, reward, archeology etc. Great personal stories...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent option to learn about the people that arrive to this continent in the 19th century. It’s very educative and with lots of information to interact with.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum occupies the original convict barracks building used more than a 100 years ago. The museum part of the exhibit occupies the three floors of the main barracks building. Each room had very professional exhibits with nice displays and just enough narrative explanations. Kids...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was good to hear the history of the convicts. This wasn't a must see, but its worth an hour if you have the time.

Thank brandasa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Admission was $12.50 per adult. A good quality digital device played the information for each posting. The barracks is 3 stories and I did not see an elevator. Superlative displays of prisoner garb and possessions as well as mummified rats. Nice database of many prisoners....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A museum in the actual hose where the male prisioners slept, whith the original hamacs, and the kitchen, the artefacts, photos an ilustrating videos. I spent 2 great hours in there. The are discount tickets by combining with other city museums

Thank Diego B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to visit especially on a rainy day. They have done a wonderful job of portraying the history of the barracks where convicts lived their daily lives. They use a self guided headsets so you can see at your own pace. Enjoy!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The history of Australia's penal colony has long interested me. We visited and found the Barracks Museum very fascinating. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. It's definitely worth seeing and exploring.

Thank TRIPSTER077
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I spent the semester abroad in Sydney - this was a "field trip" we took. Very interesting to learn about the history of Australia

Thank Lindsey F
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Reviewed 9 June 2018

A literal cross-section of Sydney's history, as the building housing the museum has been a barracks for convicts, a processing centre for immigrants, an asylum for destitute women, courthouses and government offices, and all of these phases are represented in the museum. The free audio...More

Thank gaiteiro
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