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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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Address: Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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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, Its the Convict Barracks Museum

This is where it all began for the English criminals brought over from England. The barracks had artifacts remains from the prisoners of the barracks. Even keep sakes of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is where it all began for the English criminals brought over from England. The barracks had artifacts remains from the prisoners of the barracks. Even keep sakes of the prisoners. The most astonishing to me was the small criminal infractions & the long jail time served for minimal crimes. This is a must visit while in Sydney.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is just across Hyde Park Sydney and cost abt AUD12 per adult for entrance fee. U get with you a map of the place and an audio recording of the key items displayed. During my trip today, I was lucky to be served by a volunteer named Richard who gave me extra infomation about the early years of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great museum, they have done a very good job showing the hardships placed on England's convicts. Many of the prisoners were stranded in Australia after they did there time. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The entry fee is well worth the cost. The time you'll spend in the Barracks Museum is well worth it! The entry includes an audio guide that is pretty easy to use.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hyde Park Barracks which is a UNESCO heritage site, were they used to house 50,000 male convicts all of course deported for petty crimes from the UK in the 18th century. Owing to the potato famine in Ireland there was a great influx of not just English prisoners but Irish famine victims. They were transported via Rio and Cape Hope... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First, you must do this with a docent to get the whole picture. We were lucky to have one that was terrific in all aspects of the history of the barracks. It is remarkable how they have restored tis building and what stores there are here. A great experience to get a view on early Sydney life.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By using the building and audio to recreate the characters, it really brought the experience to life. There are materials for adults and for kids so nobody need be bored. the section on the rats was fascinating-go you won't regret it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My adult son and I visited while in Sydney for 3 days. It was one of my favorite stops. Highly recommended

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to get some experience of convict life and the history of Sydney's development then this is the place. Good audio tour, shop, and not that expensive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent museum, very informative, gives a real insight what happened to criminals sent from the UK and other countries, great well worth a visit

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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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