It displays include relics, pictures, plans and models exploring the sites past and present. A special feature is reconstructed convict dormitories, which are periodically available to sleep in overnight, with a convict breakfast served at dawn. The building also houses the Greenway Gallery. Interpretive displays within the building and grounds highlight many aspects of the barracks history.
The Hyde Park Barracks are at the southern end of Macquarie Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
The barracks are located near the north-east corner of Hyde Park, opposite Queens Square and beside the Sydney Mint.
Hyde Park Barracks were designed by the colonial architect Francis Greenway and built between 1818 and 1819.
In 1981, Hyde Park Barracks underwent conservation and adaptation work by award-winning architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and conservation architects Clive Lucas Stapleton and Partners.
Now, the newly instated Hyde Park Barracks is a museum operated by the Historic Houses Trust.
Tourists who visit the building 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.