Hyde Park Barracks Museum is set in a beautiful restored building and brings to life the lives of convicts and others who were transported to Australia in the 1800’s. Hyde Park Barracks houses displays that depict the conditions experienced by the first convicts and immigrants. It is an excellent place to learn more about the early years of British occupation.
To get the most out of the museum, make sure you get your free audio guide (available in English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, French, Spanish, Italian and German) when you pay your admission.
Free guided tours also run twice a day – call before you head over to check out tour times.
Kids will be entertained with interactive exhibits – they can lie down in a hammock, try on leg irons and convict clothes and hear stories about the people who have lived and worked here. Children can follow the ‘Rats’ Trail’ through the museum to collect historical clues. They will receive a stamp at the front desk when completed!
The Bakehouse kitchen, bar and store offers a range of ‘colonial’ style goodies including house-made baked goods, sweet treats, pot pies and damper burgers. They also serve beers and cocktails.
For real value make sure you check out the Living Museums Pass which offers entry to 12 museums for one price ($24.00 per adult as at September 2018).
Photo credit: J Bar