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Hyde Park Barracks Museum

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Address: Macquarie Street | Queens Square, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia
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+61 2 9223 8922
10:00 - 17:00
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This Sydney landmark has housed convicts and orphans, as well as ill,...

This Sydney landmark has housed convicts and orphans, as well as ill, impoverished women.

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Very interesting and good to learn more about the history of Sydney

We took the free guided tour. Our tour guide was called Russell. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour very fun.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We took the free guided tour. Our tour guide was called Russell. He was very knowledgeable and made the tour very fun.

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On Anzac Day we called into this great museum. So full of history on the convict story and the tales of individuals, creating the roots of the Australia we know today. The museum itself has many artifacts from past times and the (free) audio guide greatly assisted with bringing the history to life. The displays and exhibits are all very... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The staff were welcoming and very helpful. Did not take the staff led tour, which was free, as I prefer to wander around museums at my own pace. However from what I heard it was a fun and informative way to see the place. The layout of the museum and the way the story has been presented was first class... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited here while on a business trip. It was an interesting place. The area around the museum was also really nice. Great place to learn some history.

Thank Skbrown12
Sydney, Australia
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This place is cool, you really get a feel of how Sydney once was and the lives of the many people who passed though here. Very interesting!

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and i took four of our grandchildren to Convict Escapades today at Hyde Park Barracks Museum and had an amazing morning. 90 minutes of full-on entertainment and participation in teaching us all about our history, while still having fun. Very reasonably priced, a short 15 minute walk from Wynyard station, followed by lunch in the park. I thoroughly... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Where the convicts lived after transportation to the colony of New South Wales. Shows how the convicts lived and used their "second chance": most were sent hear instead of suffering the death penalty. They and their descendants built the Australian nation.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

An hour or two at this downtown Sydney landmark will give you great insight into Australia's convict and immigrant past. Our guide was well-informed, articulate and enthusiastic, and we learned a lot about how and why convicts, orphans and single women arrived, how they were treated initially, and how they later integrated into their new country. Fascinating. We had a... More 

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We spent a few hours here on Easter Monday. The attraction had good exhibits, friendly and helpful staff and was reasonably priced. The exhibits balanced the tragedy of transportation with the new hope for some. We finished the morning off with a nice lunch at the on-site café. A good outing for us with our two teenagers.

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We took a tour called Convict Sydney in 2012. It was amazing and gave us a better glimpse behind the early history of Sydney, specifically the Rocks District. I would highly recommend taking a tour here! We loved it!

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