Hyde Park Barracks, Sydney

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At Hyde Park Barracks, learn about the arrival of the prisoners who constituted the First Fleets from England. Convict architect Francis Greenway designed the building in the 19th century to house inmates. Today, the square Georgian structure is a museum displaying the barrack's history. View the large murals that line its corridors and show the convicts' offences, which resulted in deportation to Australia. Hyde Park Barracks is on the Unesco World Heritage list as an Australian convict site. PutHyde Park Barracks into our Sydney trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Want to learn about the early days in the colony? Then this is the place to visit! Very informative displays.  more »
  • Visited on Wednesday 13th November. Went for a walk along Macquarie Street and stopped to look at this building which holds so much history. Well worth stopping to check it out.  more »
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  • The Hyde Park Barracks is closed for a major renewal... Over the coming months, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum will be transformed into a world-leading cultural destination, with new innovative visitor experiences, education programs and dynamic technology making it best in class for museums in Australia Hyde Park Barracks The Hyde Park Barracks is a UNESCO World Heritage site in the historic heart of Sydney. Built to house – and control – male convicts, the barracks had far-reaching impact as the administrative hub of the colony’s convict system. After 1848, it sheltered immigrant girls and young women, and cared for older, sick and poor women. Drawing together key threads of convict life, Aboriginal resilience and free immigration, the story of the barracks is the story of Australia’s modern beginnings.
  • Amazing trip down the long path of history. every nation has its history and this is the story of the convicts and the orphan women who helped build the city of Sydney. I loved the audio tour and learned so much about this history of Australia, which is a lot richer than the outback stories portrayed by Hollywood!
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