Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Hyde Park Barracks, one of Sydney's most elegant historic buildings, was built by convict men and boys, with the purpose to house, clothe and feed them. The impressive brick building is located at Sydney’s historic Macquarie Street. It was designed by convict architect Francis Greenway. Once housing over 15,000 male convicts between 1819 and 1848, your visit here will give you the chance to discover what it was truly like to be a convict. You will find out how they lived and how they were punished in this 'museum of Australian memory'. It was only after 1848 that the main dormitory hosted some newly arrived female immigrants. In 1862, separate wards for destitute women were added upstairs and the Barracks became known as the Hyde Park Asylum. In 1887, Sydney celebrated the 50th anniversary of Queen Victoria’s reign, with the construction of major public buildings and monuments. The Hyde Park Barracks then, became a hub of government departments and was renamed Chancery Square. Until the late 1970s, public servants, legal workers and litigants occupied its dingy office spaces, courtrooms and corridors, throughout the complex. Today the Hyde Park Barracks is a museum about itself and its role in Australian History. Your visit will give you the opportunity to meet some of the larger-than-life characters like pickpockets and pirates, confidence tricksters and conspirators, rebels and rascals, in a new touch-screen interactive feature at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Don't miss your chance to enjoy Single Entry to the Hyde Park Barracks Museum - only one of the attractions included in the Sydney Unlimited Attractions Pass Purchase yours today and get to see the most of Sydney!