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A bold, state of the art renewal for Hyde Park Barracks Museum

January 11, 2019 Attraction No Comments Email Email

Sydney Living Museums announces a major renewal of Hyde Park Barracks Museum that will see the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site transformed with a rich new, immersive visitor experience like no other in Australia.

Bringing history to life, the Hyde Park Barracks Museum renewal project centres on telling a significant part of Australia’s convict story, its impact on First Nations people and the site’s early contribution to immigration.

“The reinterpretation of such an iconic heritage site marks the site’s 200th anniversary and promises a bold, new look at the complex, challenging and inspiring stories of Sydney’s early history,” said The Hon. Don Harwin MLC, Minister for the Arts.

“The completely revitalised Hyde Park Barracks Museum experience will be an anchor for what the government is planning for the historic Macquarie Street East Precinct on the eastern fringe of the CBD, offering an even more vibrant place for locals and tourists to enjoy.”

Sydney Living Museums is working with internationally-acclaimed exhibit and media design specialists Local Projects to develop a realistic exhibition experience, featuring an engaging narrative and employing contemporary interpretative techniques, immersive installations and unconventional interactive elements.

“This $18 million renewal project reflects the best in contemporary museum design. It will bring the personal stories to life in a truly authentic, emotional way that is relevant to people’s lives today,” said Mark Goggin, Executive Director, Sydney Living Museums.

At the heart of the new visitor experience is a collection of over 4000 original objects on display, many of them artefacts from the internationally-recognised Hyde Park Barracks Archaeology Collection.

“The vision is to create a world class, experiential museum that delivers an outstanding visitor experience at one of the most iconic heritage sites in Australia.”

Hyde Park Barracks Museum will be closed to the public from 29 January and will reopen in late 2019.

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