Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Since 1819 Hyde Park Barracks has housed over 50,000 convicts transported to New South Wales from the British Empire, where they then provided the labour to build the colony. The Barracks were never a gaol, but instead provided the home for most of the convict labourers. The Barracks have also housed thousands of female immigrants and destitute women before being used as government offices.
Much of the Barracks are the same as they were 190 years ago. You can lie in the hammocks and transport yourself back in time. The Barracks also display a collection of items that were found under the floorboards in the 1980’s. Rats had stolen a range of items to make nests and these include a display of gnawed aprons and bonnets, pins, needles and a display of original nests that are yet to be dismantled and examined.
The House is now maintained by the Historic Houses Trust of NSW.
Location: Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Contact: 02 8239 2311
Hours: Daily 9.30am – 5.00pm | Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day