Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Macquarie Street, Sydney, Australia
www.hht.net.au/museums/hyde_… - (02) 8239 2311
Hyde Park Barracks Museum Sydney Reviews
Very Informative Feb 05, 2013
The entry cost is $10 which is steep for a museum but it is worth the price.
The museum is wall laid out and you can tell a lot of effort and thought were put into the exhibition to ensure maximum knowledge of the topics by each visitor upon leaving the museum.
It is housed in the old barracks that was built in 1819 to keep an eye of the hundreds of convicts living in the penal colony of Sydney at the time. Govenor Laughlan McQuarie built the prison and it was designed by the famous convict architect Francis Greenway.
The first room outlines how the convicts ended up in Australia and what they did while they were there. There is a beautiful mural painted across the wall. There are interactive touch screen monitors for your enjoyment and increased learning and options for children's learning too.
One of the floors is dedicated to artifacts found in the prison such as clothing etc. Supposedly, the rats who called the barracks their home those 200 years ago were vital in preserving many historical artefacts - They used to drag little tid-bits belonging to the convicts into the floors and walls and these items were found years later upon refurbishment of the building.
It is a good museum. I would recommend seeing it. It's a good chronicle of convict life in Sydney circa 1820.
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