A UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of contemporary Sydney, the Hyde Park Barracks is an extraordinary record of the living legacy of colonial Australia. Originally built to house convicts, the Barracks also served as a women’s immigration depot and asylum, and later law courts and government offices. Today this immersive museum tells the stories of the thousands of men, women and children held or housed there, and the Aboriginal communities profoundly impacted by the relentless push of colonial expansion.
Today, the barracks provides an extraordinary new way to experience history. Layered with cutting-edge innovation throughout, the museum redefines the heritage experience, bringing Sydney’s past to life more authentically than ever before.
Led by groundbreaking audio technology, you’ll follow in the footsteps of real people touched by this place. Stand where they stood. Listen to their stories. With immersive activations, this is not simply a walk through history. It’s living it.
It’s also the chance to discover one of Australia’s most important archaeological collections. Displaying over 4000 original artefacts, the barracks is a direct link to items worn, touched and treasured by past residents – including an intact convict shirt and leather shoe. As some of the world’s few remaining examples, it’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Australia’s past.
Home to Australia’s convict and colonial history, Hyde Park Barracks is a must-see Sydney destination – intriguing on every level. Today, its innovative next chapter will take you where no history book could ever go.
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Hyde Park Barracks Museum @ Queens Square, Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW 2000
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