Life with kids in Sydney City
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.
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.
The Hyde Park Barracks Cafe is open daily and offers a 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.
Open Monday to Friday 8am to 3pm Open Saturday and Sunday 9am to 3pm Fully licensed www.hydeparkbarrackscafe.com.au