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.
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.
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 Bakehouse, a contemporary take on the Australian colonial experience, is now open in the courtyard of the World Heritage-listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum.
Located in the original 1819 convict bakehouse and store, the Bakehouse specialises in house-made baked goods, delicious sweet treats, tasty pot pies and delectable damper burgers, served alongside a selection of craft beers and an eclectic mix of cocktails. The Bakehouse kitchen, bar and store offers a unique, relaxed and affordable opportunity to soak in the history, enjoy a meal and browse the bespoke giftware range.
Monday to Friday 10am–4pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am–4pm