Hyde Park Barracks Museum

The World Heritage 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.

Designed by convict architect Francis Greenway, the Hyde Park Barracks housed 15,000 male convicts in government employment between 1819 and 1848. Later it became a female immigration depot and a government asylum for infirm, destitute women.

Explore the convict experience, lie in a convict hammock and discover the daily lives of other occupants at this popular landmark in the historic precinct of Macquarie Street.

The Hyde Park Barracks Museum Shop specialises in books on Australian colonial history and also has a terrific range of books, toys, games and gifts inspired by convict and colonial times.

Please note the Hyde Park Barracks Museum will be closed from 29 January 2019 for a major renewal project that will transform the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site into a world-leading heritage destination. The Museum will re-open in late 2019.

Nearby events

  1. ANZAC Sunset Service Ceremony

    Thursday 25 April 2019 , City Centre

    This ceremony will start at the Cenotaph, Martin Place, at 5pm. It will be a short service accompanied by the NSW Ambulance Service Band and followed by the lowering of the flags. It will conclude the official ANZAC Day Commemorations…

    25 Apr
  2. ANZAC Day

    Thursday 25 April 2019 , City Centre

    ANZAC Day is a national day of memorial in Australia, commemorating those who lost their lives in the First World War, and there are few better places to remember these brave soldiers than New South Wales (NSW). Several ANZAC Day Dawn…

    25 Apr
  3. Street Photography Exhibition

    Thursday 25 April 2019 to Sunday 21 July 2019 , City Centre

    Discover the candid street photography prolific on Sydney’s streets from the 1930s to 1960s. During the mid-20th century, commercial street photographers were a familiar sight on Sydney’s streets. The photographers captured everyday…

    25 Apr - 21 Jul