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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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Central Business District
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Address: Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Phone Number:
+61 2 9223 8922
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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A must see museum and good cafe

This is my first visit the Barracks Museum although I regularly visit Sydney. Shame on me. It was great and think that it would appeal to both locals and to visits from... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is my first visit the Barracks Museum although I regularly visit Sydney. Shame on me. It was great and think that it would appeal to both locals and to visits from interstate and overseas. The building itself is a beautiful and simple example of Francis Greenway architecture and is worth looking at in its own right. There is a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been visiting this museum with my children for many years so thought it timely to write a review. This museum is awesome, it is cleverly put together and tells a fascinating story of the early Sydney years. Kids have a ball as it is interactive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sydney can be called a city of museums, each highlighting a different aspect of this wonderful city. The Hyde Park Barracks Museum is one that should be visited by all to get a quick glimpse at Sydney's and Australia's history in a microcosm. The museum building was earlier used as a place for immigrant women from England, as a court... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Trip advisor shows the cafe as closed but it was very open when we went in January but named the bakehouse. We went back twice for the lovely solitary salads. There was a huge range of beers to choose from .

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visited here on a soaking wet morning - and what a great place to explore while it rained! Very insightful, interesting and well-presented. Felt like exploration and discovery, rather than just a museum throwing facts at you. And keep an eye out for the three cats who take care of the Barracks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The excellently restored building and well curated museum vibrantly tells the stories of the many uses the building has been put to (convict barracks, short term residence for immigrant women, home for destitute and mentally challenged women, law courts, etc.) and the several attempts at its restoration. Built on three floors, each of which focuses upon a different period of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After my I'm Free walking tour, I was convinced that I should come to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum to learn more about Australian history. Admission includes an informative, entertaining audio guide, which you can get in several languages. By featuring narratives of colorful historic figures, you'll get a deeper understanding of the history. The museum is designed with a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate to arrive as a tour started. The museum displays the uses of the building from goal, then single female accommodation in the convict days, to law courts in more recent times.It also shows useful maps and landscapes of early Sydney. Good for locals and visitors but you need to be able to walk up 2 flights of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It really was one of the highlights of our stay in Sydney to learn about the history more. I would really recommend the yours at 11am and 2pm (best double check these are the same on your visit day) as the guide is funny, engaging and incredibly knowledgeable.

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Shangzhi, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A small museum, in an heritage building very well preserved. A very good introduction and overview of the starting of Australia. There even is a nice but simple place for a lunch.

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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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