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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found myself in central Sydney with only an hour to spare and not wanting the shopping option, very reasonably priced visit and makes you think just a little bit more about the real lives that started populating this young country

Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hyde Park Barracks Museum takes you back to the beginning time of Australia, Built between 1818 and 1819 and designed by convict architect Francis Greenway and is now UNESCO listed one of the most significant convict sites in the world. More than 50,000 convicts passed through its gates from 1819 to 1845. You can do a self guided tour or use a recorded devise. You will see living conditions, sleeping conditions and many artifacts from that period. From 1848 to 1886 it was an Immigration Depot and Asylum and 1887 to 1979 Courts and Offices and in 1984 the barracks opened as a museum. This is a definite must see when in Sydney.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not to be missed. A great way to get the history of how settlers came to Australia and how they lived. Convicts of all sorts - stealing a loaf of bread to murder - and you were shipped off to the new country.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was originally built by convict labour as the principal lodgings for male convicts working in government employment. It was subsequently used to house Irish orphans and single female immigrants seeking work as domestic servants, then as a female asylum before becoming courts and government offices. It now houses a fascinating ‘living’ museum, spread over three floors, which focuses on the daily lives of convicts and the buildings subsequent occupants. The entry fee includes an audio-guide. Artefacts include hammocks, clothes, even mummified rats! You can easily spend a couple of hours here.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited on a wet day. Excellent, welcoming staff and a bright, interesting entrance znd shop. The audio guides are first class and the content interesting and educational. Terrific way to pass an hour or so.

Thank Barry W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good quality audio tour. Can skip and choose sections.

Personal stories and information about real people, not just the faceless many.

Information on the architecture.

Interactive.

Pretty grounds next to the park.

This history nerd was happy, and so was her not so nerdy husband!

Thank Tashacaroline
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I must see when visiting the city.
Gives the history on how the country was started with criminals. The volunteers who walk you thru portions of the museums are courteous and share so much history.

Thank 11BGrunt
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great insight into how different life was for the early settlers of New South Wales. A must to visit.

Thank Lesley V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chanced on this on a wet day, thank goodness!
If you need or want to know anything about the early settlement of Australia, his is the place. It is a World Heritage Site for good reason. Definitely use the audio tour which brings everything to life in an informative non-patronising way. How those early arrivals survived and laid the foundation for modern Australia I will never know!

Thank hazban
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a must if you are in Sidney. The life of the prisoners that we housed there was unbelievable.

Thank LuvToTravel0899
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