Designed by a convict architect in 1818, Hyde Park Barracks housed up to 50,000 male convict employees from 1819 to 1848. It is listed as a World Heritage Australian Convict site, and is regarded as one of the best surviving examples of how convict labour helped to advance the Australian colonies.
Explore the historical experience of convict life at Hyde Park Barracks, managed by Sydney Living Museums and discover what daily life was like for the convicts transported from Great Britain. Discover the stories behind the building and the people that lived there. Lie in a convict hammock. School groups can even apply to stay overnight for a Convict Sleepover!
Since 2012, OpenAccess Tours has been bringing convict history to life for Deaf and hard of hearing visitors.
View photos from our launch at Hyde Park Barracks.
Available OpenAccess Tours options: Auslan or English language captions
Ticketing: Check the admissions page
Opening Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm daily
Getting there: Buses and trains stop close to Hyde Park
Address: Queen’s Square in Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000
View the museum map: www.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/hyde-park-barracks-museum/visit