Hyde Park Barracks Museum Tours

5 Reviews
The foundations of Sydney were built on convict labor, and the Hyde Park Barracks are where criminals who were sentenced to live out the rest of their days in Australia were housed. Opened to hold male convicts working on the government projects and later to house orphan girls escaping the Irish famine, it was after that also used as a female immigration depot, an asylum for impoverished women and a courthouse. All through history, it was the place where people in Australia certainly did not want to end up. Now, as a museum, the barracks tell the stories of those unlucky enough to pass through its doors. 
 
The building itself was also built with convict labor, after it was decided that housing the criminals in one place would improve productivity as well as their moral character. The structure looks nothing short of imposing with its massive shingled roof standing above a simple, durable façade of sandstock brick. It impressed Governor Macquarie so much that the convict who had been assigned to design it, architect Francis Greenway, got a full pardon out of it. But while he earned his freedom, many others weren't so lucky. A guardsman once described the barracks housing up to 1,400 men as “a perfect accumulation of vice and infamy."

When restoration on the building began in 1975, archaeologists were able to pull thousands of personal items out of cracks and from beneath floorboards. This collection, together with displays and stories, now make up the museum and teach about the living conditions of the men and women who once lived here. 

Practical Info

Located at the southern end of Macquarie Street, the barracks are only a five-minute walk away from the St James train station and the Elizabeth Street bus station. The Hyde Park Barracks Museum opens daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is only closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. 
Location
Address: Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia
clock-o
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day.
ticket-star
Admission: Adults $12 AUD, Children (Age 5 - 15) $8 AUD (under 5 years free), Family $30 AUD, Members Free
Read More

4 Tours & Activities to Experience

times
icon-filterFilter
Clear all
Select Dates
Sort by:Default

Essential Sydney Tour Including Lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

Explore Sydney on a 5-hour tour that includes a comprehensive city tour, lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Rushcutters Bay, and a visit to Bondi Beach. In Sydney, see highlights including the historic Rocks district, Royal Botanical Gardens, Parliament House, Hyde Park Barracks, St Mary’s Cathedral, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. You'll also drive through Woolloomooloo, Kings Cross, Oxford Street and the suburbs of Paddington, Double Bay, Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Watsons Bay, enjoying informative commentary along the way.
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
US$168.00
See Details
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
US$168.00

Sydney's Gay and Lesbian History and Culture Walking Tour

Explore the LGBT history of Sydney during an entertaining and informative 2-hour walking tour. Follow your informative local guide through Hyde Park, the Royal Botanic Garden and over to rainbow-bedecked Oxford Street to hear about Sydney’s history and modern-day status as one of the world’s most gay-friendly cities, and home to the famous Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Wrap up with a complimentary drink at a gay bar on Oxford Street.
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$43.10
See Details
  • Duration: 2 hours
From
US$43.10

Story of Sydney Running Tour

Stretch your legs and get some exercise while exploring Sydney thanks to this 90-minute running tour covering the city’s history and top landmarks. Run for 4.6 miles (7.5 kilometers), passing Sydney attractions like the Opera House, Cadman’s Cottage, Hyde Park Barracks, and Sydney Harbour Bridge, among others. Celebrate your run by finishing with an included coffee at one of the city’s top caffeine purveyors.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
From
US$57.70
See Details
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
From
US$57.70

Private Essential Sydney Tour Including Lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

Experience all the main icons of Sydney including the Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Botanical Gardens and more on your 5 hour essential Sydney tour. Enjoy lunch at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia over looking Rushcutters Bay. Afterwards, visit the Iconic Bondi Beach and have time for a short stroll.
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
US$730.44
See Details
  • Duration: 5 hours
From
US$730.44


mobile_o
Having trouble booking online?
(888) 651-9785
Call (888) 651-9785