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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.
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Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
Central Business District
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I was on the guided tour from front desk at 2 PM. A really good guide - and interesting insights into convict's life at the Barracks. Highly recommendable

Thank jutlandica
Reviewed 5 days ago

This self-guided historical site gives a highly interactive introduction to the story of the convict beginnings of Sydney. Informative for adults and children alike. Loaded with excavated artifacts.

Thank Judith R
Reviewed 5 days ago

This small museum is extremely well done and we lost track of time. The docent was friendly and linked the history to U.S. independence in a way I wouldn't have considered. Each room was interesting in its own way. While the convict history dominates the...More

Thank nlc58
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting walk through time. Great interactive displays and the audio tour is very informative. Well worth a visit.

Thank Matt and Cathy H
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here on my own a couple of days ago and found the place extremely interesting although a little eerie. The staff are lovely and friendly who openly engage in conversation and are very helpful. The artefacts and information is thorough with each section...More

Thank Maxxibabe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A fascinating insight into Australia’s history. An absolute must if you’re visiting Sydney. How the Irish and the English arrived and settled.

Thank Anne H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the place were in the old days the convicts were housed there is a museum which has been renovated not so long ago. It gives a very nice overview of those early years of the first settlers, mostly convicts. The museum is very easily...More

Thank Dick Z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our walk in the park - fountain was great (attracts tons of tourists though). You can relax under the tress or just walk around.

Thank NHL_Ducks_Fan
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was visited as a place to "kill time" but was a highlight to our visit to Sydney. A relatively small building is loaded with history and provided visitors with much information on the founding of Australia and the various periods of settlers and why...More

Thank jimmorin2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very historic and informative self guided tour. Highly recommend the audio guide. Hard to imagine life in this tough environment. Worthwhile!

Thank Ziemkes
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