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Choose-your-own-adventure these Easter school holidays with the popular 'Convict Escapades', an immersive experience like no other at Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney.

Taking place from Friday 21st to Monday 24th April 2017, Convict Escapades will see families travel back to 1836 and assemble at Sydney's original convict barracks. Over 90 fun-filled minutes, families will come face-to-face with colourful convict characters as they work their way through the convict system to earn their prized 'ticket of leave'.

Expect to take orders from the nasty superintendent, meet the lovesick cook, be tricked by the convict 'magpie' in his clown like suit, and avoid being punished by the shifty scourger.

With fascinating stories to hear, a court trial to attend, 'tattooing', and fun jobs to do, you'll have to keep your wits about you to earn your freedom in time.

Surprises await you throughout the buildings and courtyard – be prepared for a fantastically fun convict caper!


Convict Escapades is designed for children aged 6 to 12 years and a supervising adult must be present at this event.

Bookings are essential; to secure your ticket, please click here and select your desired session (10am or 1pm daily).

Tickets are priced as follows: General $15; Family $45 (4 people); Members $10; and Member Family $30 (4 people).

For more information on this school holiday event and ticketing, please visit slm.is/convicts


Important Information

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time slot. Limited tickets for Convict Escapades can be bought on the day.

  • Advanced purchase strongly recommended.

  • The experience takes place both inside and outside the museum, so please dress appropriately. In case of heavy rain, all activities will be moved inside the museum. If it is just showers, the program will go ahead as planned, so please ensure your child has a raincoat/wet weather gear.

  • There will be a space allocated for leaving pushchairs and prams as, for health and safety reasons, these will not be allowed in the museum. Although every care will be taken to look after your pram/pushchair, they are left at your own risk.

  • Please be aware that most of the events/activities take place on the ground floor of the museum or in the courtyard area. However some of the activities do take place on the top floor (3rd floor of the museum) which has no lift.
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    When: 21 - 24 April
    Where: Hyde Park Barracks Museum
    Cost: General $15, Family $45 (4 people), Members $10, Member Family $30 (4 people)
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