Staff and volunteers offer a variety of programs that invite visitors to explore the complex history and legacies of Alcatraz. Daily information regarding special programs, guest authors, and other opportunities is covered in an orientation you will receive on arriving on the island, and on program boards at the dock and in the cellhouse.
The self-guiding Alcatraz Cellhouse Audio Tour is available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Mandarin. It is also available in an English Braille version. It is included when you purchase your ferry ticket. The audio tour covers the inside of the cellhouse (at the top of the island) during the penitentiary era (1934-1963). To obtain refunds for the audio tour should you not wish to or not be able to utilize it ask for a supervisor in the cellhouse. Additional exhibits and videos available on the island (at no additional charge) cover other aspects of Alcatraz's unique history.