Queens Square, Macquarie Street
New South Wales
Phone: 02 8239 2311
Fax: 02 8239 2322

Hyde Park Barracks Museum

The Hyde Park Barracks, built between 1817 and 1819, is a popular landmark in the historic precinct of Macquarie Street and Queens Square in Sydney.
Constructed by convict labour, the Barracks is one of the finest works of the accomplished colonial architect Francis Greenway. As the principal male convict barracks in New South Wales it provided lodgings for convicts working in government employment around Sydney until its closure in 1848.
It has had many occupants since then. It was an Immigration Depot for single female immigrants seeking work as domestic servants and awaiting family reunion from 1848 to 1886 and also a female asylum from 1862 to 1886. From 1887 to 1979 law courts and government offices were based at the Barracks.
Discover the daily lives of convicts and other occupants through exhibitions on Sydney’s male convict labour force, Australia’s convict system, an innovative soundscape, excavated artefacts, exposed layers of building fabric and the complex’s rooms and spaces.
Don’t forget to visit the Australian Monument to the Great Irish Famine, the Gatehouse, Superintendents Quarters and Court 24. These are located around the perimeter of the Barracks courtyard and open on weekdays.

Permanent Collection

Collection period: 1819–1979

Key collection strengths include: Archaeology from a female immigration depot (1848–1886) and a government run asylum for aged, infirm and destitute women (1862–1886) including textiles. Essential services, social control and photographs.


Please see for details of current exhibitions.


Adult $10
Child/Concession $5
Family $20
Members free

Opening hours

Open Daily 9.30am – 5.00pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday

Getting there

The Barracks are located at the north end of Hyde Park in central Sydney. It is less than a five minute walk from St James train station (City Circle Line) or a ten minute walk from Martin Place station (Eastern Suburbs Line).

There is no public parking at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, however the Domain car park (St John Young Crescent, Woolloomooloo, Entry via St Mary's Road, T 9232 6165) and street parking in the Royal Botanic Gardens are a 10 minute walk from Hyde Park Barracks Museum.


The Hyde Park Barracks Museum Shop specialises in early Australian history related to the various occupants of the Barracks. It stocks an extensive range of books and merchandise about convict days and transportation, female immigrants and colonial life.

Enjoy a meal in the atmospheric surrounds of the Barracks courtyard.

Hyde Park Barracks Cafe
Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
T 02 9222 1815

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday | 8am to 3pm
Weekends | 10am to 3pm

Fully Licensed

Museum internal and external photos (3)

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Please see for details of educational programs.

Venue hire

Located in the historic precinct of Macquarie Street, in the heart of Sydney's CBD, this elegant 1819 building was designed by the architect Francis Greenway as accommodation for his fellow convicts. Entry to the site is through iron gates flanked by gatehouses, a high wall surrounds the Barracks creating a courtyard ideal for large scale events

Please see for full details.