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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
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Reviewed yesterday

Loved this museum! Beautifully presented building, fascinating history, terrific guides, great cafe. Spent two hours there but could easily have been more. What's not to like?

Thank Judecrawfy
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Barracks are not very large but we enjoyed learning about the convicts and where they lived. It is worth visiting.

Thank JLotsos
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A definite required stop for your Oz vacation if you are looking for some information on how this place was founded. The importance of this location and the information therein has even been identified by the United Nations UNESCO as significant. As an American, this...More

Thank Anthony P
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Reviewed 6 days ago

For the entry price of $12 I thought this was good, I was surprised by how good the audio guide was. There was a lot of information and I felt better educated now about how difficult the convict life was. There are some nice places...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is dedicated to the convicts in the past. They had to work for their keep and had limited freedom. Every morning, every convict received work to. do. They had two meals. The first one in the morning and a meal at 2P.M. If...More

Thank Robby G C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is one of the oldest in Sydney, and has a special historic function. It played an important role in the "processing" of the convicts sent over from Britain.

Thank Alfred V
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Always send our visitors to this museum, its got so much info. An amazing building to learn about as it served so many purposes over the years! You learn about convict history and migration stories along with Sydney history especially around this building, can spend...More

Thank katiecrossley24
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the experience of visiting this actual place of history; it gave us good perspective on the founding of modern day Australia and lead to a nice walk in Hyde Park, and a visit to the large Catholic Cathedral next door.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a surprise. The building was from the early 1800s built to house convicts “emigrating" to Australia. After a period of abandonment, the building was being restored. Artifacts found within the walls and refurbishment stories revealed its history and secrets. The Barracks are on the...More

Thank jim t
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We decided to visit here after learning about it whilst on a walking tour. The entrance fee is reasonably priced and the museum is set out over 3 floors. There is lot to read in every room and you also have an audio guide. I...More

Thank Adi S
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