One of promintent historic buildings in Sydney. It once provided dwelling place for the English inmates that worked for government in Sydney which had accomodated more than 10,000 inmates since 1819 until it was closed in 1848. It also a main witness of mass arrival of female asylum seekers from Irish to Sydney, which was first started in 1848. A visit to this museum would enrich our knowledge about the inmates, especially about their way of life and the influence of their existance to Australia and also the reasons of sending the asylum seekers to Australia.
The display cabinet here shows the history of the first prisoners who were transferred to the Hyde Park camp in May 1819. Initially, it accommodated a total of 600 people. The camp area now displays the sleeping arrangements at the time-there are two rows of hammocks in each room. All of this can take you through the ordinary day of life in prisoners here and let you feel what they are. Rules and regulations that must be followed. This is indeed an interesting place, but one visit is enough.
We came here when the Christmas market was open to the outside world. The Christmas market here is very unique, and every stall reflects a high standard. You need to donate a gold coin (A$1) to enter the Christmas market, and the museum is free to all those who enter the Christmas market. We like this museum very much. You can learn a lot of historical knowledge in it, and the exhibition format is very interesting. When we were indulged in the museum, I was not sure if the entrance fee was mandatory at the full ticket price on weekdays, whether we could still have such fun, because the museum is actually very small.