Limited meter parking is available in the streets around the Royal Botanic Gardens and Hyde Park.
Buses and cars can pause to drop-off and pick-up around the corner from the museum on Prince Albert Road.
We do not have secure parking for bikes at the Hyde Park Barracks.
HOURS & ADMISSION
10AM - 5PM
Admission charges apply
Closed Good Friday & Christmas Day
Open Monday to Friday
8am to 3pm
Open Saturday and Sunday
9am to 3pm
Child (under 15) / Concession $5
Family (two adults + two children) $20
Audio tours are provided free with admission in English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, French, Spanish and Italian. We also offer regular free guided tours, which take about 45 minutes.
For all group tours, please make a booking before your visit, by calling us on +61 2 8239 2311.
The Hyde Park Barracks Museum runs education programs for primary and secondary students. See below for details.
Things to do
Sink into a convict hammock, close your eyes and listen to the sounds of the convict dormitory.
Find out all about convict life in our Convict Sydney exhibition and search the database for convict ancestors.
Discover stories of Irish orphans and young immigrant women who stayed here while awaiting their new life in the colony.
See treasures that have been saved by rats.
Follow a tour or take an audioguide to discover the inside story of this fascinating place.
CHILDREN & FAMILIES
This museum tells vivid stories about what it was like to be a convict, or to be an orphan shipped across the world to make a new life. You can lie down in a hammock, try on leg irons and convict clothes, find rats and the rubbish and treasures they pulled under the floor to make their nests, and hear stories about the people who have lived and worked here. Follow the 'Rats' Trail' through the museum to collect historical clues and receive a stamp at the front desk.
During the school holidays, we offer a range of holiday programs – see our Events calendar for details.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Umbrellas and bags over handbag size must be cloaked.
The ground floor of the museum featuring the Convict Sydney exhibition and perimeter buildings, which include a cell, courtroom, archaeological excavations of the Deputy Superintendent of Convicts’ office and cafe, are accessible for wheelchairs and visitors with limited mobility. The upper floors of the museum can only be accessed by stair. There are accessible toilets in the rear perimeter buildings and the cafe.
We are always happy to try to accommodate individual visitors with specific needs into our regular guided tours, but we are best able to do that if you call ahead to let us know about any particular requirements you have. For groups with specific needs, we can develop customised tours to support those needs. Please call ahead to arrange on +61 2 8239 2311.
Hearing and vision
Audio guides and a large-print brochure are available from the ticketing and reception desk. There is also a scrolling text or captioned Auslan tour, available on iPods from the reception desk or you can download it to your own mobile device before your visit.
Our curriculum-linked programs for primary and secondary students explore what it was like to be a convict and investigate archaeological and historical processes. Tours for tertiary and adult education groups can be booked by appointment.
The café is open daily and offers a delicious modern Australian menu with a Mediterranean twist. Enjoy breakfast or lunch, a coffee or cocktail while soaking up the historical ambience of the barracks courtyard, former convict bakehouse and solitary cells. A children’s menu is available. The café is also a popular venue for private functions – so please call us to arrange your special event.