If you don’t know the terms “Lags and Swells,” you will after meeting some convict characters at this museum, where a new touch-screen interactive program now brings to life some of the 50 convicts who passed through the Hyde Park Barracks between 1819 and 1848. These Georgian-style barracks, designed by the convict Francis Greenway (an architect), were built by convicts and inhabited by prisoners. They are among 11 convict sites in Australia that are World Heritage listed. These days they house relics from those days, including log books, settlement artifacts, and a room full of ships’ hammocks in which you can lie and listen to fragments of prisoner conversation. If you are interested in Sydney’s early beginnings, I highly recommend a visit. There are also new free audio tours available. Allow at least 1 hour.
Hyde Park Barracks Museum
Queens Sq., 10 Macquarie St
Our Rating Hours Daily 10am–5pm Transportation Train: St James or Martin Place Phone 02/8239 2311 Prices Admission A$10 adults, A$5 children, A$20 families Web site Hyde Park Barracks Museum