You are visiting Alcatraz Island at a unique time in its history! Portions of the Cellhouse West Wall are temporarily shrouded while we repair and restore this important historic structure. With the exception of the hospital wing, all areas traditionally open at this time of year remain so. Look for information signs to direct you. There are limited areas on Alcatraz that are always closed, due to their fragile, potentially harmful, condition. For your safety, please do not enter them. Restoration of the cellhouse will be complete in early 2018. Thank you for your understanding and support of America’s national parks.
Beauty. History. Infamy.
Visitor Video Series
How to get the most out of your trip to Alcatraz Island.
Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.
Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.
Come experience the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay. You'll be astounded by what you learn and see.
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