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Immerse yourself at Hyde Park Barracks

Immerse yourself at Hyde Park Barracks

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Thursday - Sunday, 10am-5pm.

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A UNESCO World Heritage-listed site in the heart of historic Sydney, the Hyde Park Barracks is an extraordinary living record of early colonial Australia. Originally built to house convicts, the Barracks has also served as an immigration depot, asylum, law courts and government offices. Today it is a cutting-edge museum.

Acknowledgment of Country

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Hyde Park Barracks sits, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

We acknowledge the impact the Hyde Park Barracks has had on Aboriginal Country and that this impact continues to be felt today.

Was, is, and always will be Aboriginal land.

Convict impact on Aboriginal people


Live your history

Tradition meets cutting-edge innovation, bringing our complex past to life more authentically than ever before. An unmissable, immersive experience for all ages, this isn’t a walk through history. It’s living it.

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Convicts’ Colony. Photo Brett Boardman for Sydney Living Museums


Everyone welcome

The Hyde Park Barracks welcomes everyone. We provide access to the site for people from all backgrounds and abilities, so everyone can enjoy its history.
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What visitors say....

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Amazing History

" What an amazing history this place has, a must for anyone to do !!!" Janette , Australia
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Absolutely love the new renovations

"They have done amazing job, really made it an amazing immersive experience. Highly recommend you check it out." Adam , Australia
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You have to visit

"Doesn’t matter if you are into historical facts or not you have to go... See it, feel it and try some of it out." Clive , United Kingdom
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Photo © James Horan for Sydney Living Museums


Kidsʼ trail

Kids can explore the museum with a new tailored audio guide and activity trail. Listen for clues and complete activities as you move through the museum - spot the rats, draw your own convict tattoo and more! Suitable for kids aged 5-10 years.

Getting here

Where to find the Hyde Park Barracks

The Hyde Park Barracks is located at the southern (Hyde Park) end of Macquarie Street, next to The Mint.

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