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.

Sunset over Crissy lagoon with the Golden Gate Bridge behind.

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Kirn Kim, Future IDs collaborator and Ranger Steve Cote visit the exhibition.

Future IDs at Alcatraz

On view through October 2019, Future IDs at Alcatraz features ID-inspired artwork created by and with people who have conviction histories.

A cell block in Alcatraz with spiral staircase and prison bars

Alcatraz Behind the Scenes Tour

This special guided tour reveals lesser-known areas of the historic prison island.

Park visitor using wheelchair accessible trail at Land's End

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Last updated: September 3, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
B201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-4900

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