Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Special Event on Alcatraz Island- Commemorating a Closing with an Opening
Contact: National Park Service, 415-561-4732
Special Event on Alcatraz Island- Commemorating a Closing with an Opening- Alcatraz closed as a Federal Penitentiary 50 years ago on March 21.
San Francisco, CA- The National Park Service (NPS) is commemorating an important point of history for Alcatraz Island on March 21. That is the date in 1963 that Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closed forever. The National Park Service became the stewards of the infamous island almost 10 years later.
HIGHLIGHTS OF MARCH 21, 2013 FROM 10:00 AM UNTIL 4:00 PM
·Opening of special exhibit of photographs based on the book "Alcatraz: The Last Day." Exhibit and special presentations will be held See details below.
·Special presentations by former guards who worked onAlcatraz
·Special presentations by people who lived onAlcatrazwhen it was a penitentiary
·Book signing and talks by authors who have written books about life onAlcatrazfeaturing:
DETAILS ABOUT THE SPECIAL EXHIBIT OF PHOTOGRAPHS
When infamous Alcatraz Penitentiary closed permanently on March 21, 1963, Life Magazine editors called upon a California-based photographer Leigh Wiener, a seasoned professional, to document the day. Most of the 300 images from that day remained unpublished, filed away in his archive, until they were discovered 45 years later by his son. In 2008, while inventorying his late father's photographic legacy of nearly 1/2 a million proof sheets and negatives, Devik Wiener recognized the images taken on the closing day ofAlcatraz. He contacted the National Park Service, and in 2012, "Alcatraz: The Last Day," a book of Leigh Wiener's never-before seen photographs, was published by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
On March 21, 2013, fifty years later, the National Park Service is opening a new exhibit of oversized prints of 27 of these never before displayed photos, in the New Industries (Laundry) Building on Alcatraz Island. There is no extra charge to see this exhibit, but hours are limited based on daily staffing and schedules. Please ask on the Island dock for information about visiting the exhibit or follow us on Twitter at @AlcatrazIsland. Visit www.nps.gov/alca for more information about visiting Alcatraz.
The exhibit will remain on the island through June of 2013, and may be extended.
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The Golden Gate Bridge’s two towers rise 746 feet, making them 191 feet taller than the Washington Monument, linking the Presidio of San Francisco to the Marin Headlands.