Island of Incarceration, Island of Freedom

Alcatraz reveals stories of American incarceration, justice, and our common humanity. This small island was once a fort, a military prison, and a maximum security federal penitentiary. In 1969, the Indians of All Tribes occupied Alcatraz for 19 months in the name of freedom and Native American civil rights. We invite you to explore Alcatraz's complex history and natural beauty.

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The Big Lockup Exhibit: Now Open

More than 2.3 million people are behind bars in the United States. Learn more about the new exhibition open now, on Alcatraz Island.

Tall lighthouse and silhouette of ruined building sit atop a cliff.

Visit Us Virtually!

There are plenty of ways that you can visit Alcatraz from wherever you are in the world. Here are just a few!

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Alcatraz Visitor Accessibility

Find out about accessible features on Alcatraz Island.

American Indian Occupation, 1969-2019

In 1969 Indigenous activists occupied Alcatraz for 19 months. Learn more about the 50th anniversary and commemorative exhibit.

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ASL Orientation

Safety, accessibility, and planning a successful visit to Alcatraz in ASL.


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Last updated: October 29, 2021

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Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
B201 Fort Mason

San Francisco , CA 94123


415 561-4900

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