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Alcatraz Gardens
April 23, 2007
Thanks to the Alcatraz Historic Gardens Project, the softer side of “The Rock” is being uncovered.
Presidio Intern at Work
April 11, 2007
Today, the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, with its public agency partners the Presidio Trust and the National Park Service, announced a $15 million gift from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund to continue the transformation of the Presidio into a great national park for all.
Youth Programs on Alcatraz
April 1, 2007
Alcatraz invites young people to navigate the Island and interact with nature, history and adventure by becoming an Alcatraz Junior Ranger.
Alcatraz Tours
March 19, 2007
Alcatraz, the world-famous former Federal penitentiary and International visitor destination in the center of San Francisco Bay, has just benefited from a multi-million dollar restoration and renovation that has dramatically transformed and improved the way visitors experience the iconic national park.
Alcatraz Island
March 19, 2007
From its inception as a military fortress during the Civil War era, to the revolutionary 18-month occupation by the Indians of All Tribes during the 1960s, to its standing today as one of the country’s most popular National Park sites, the history of Alcatraz is fascinating to discover.

Press Coverage

San Francisco Chronicle

What a difference a year makes. Last September, all eyes were on the bay for the America's Cup, starring Larry Ellison. This year, we're casting our glances in the same direction to Alcatraz, for the exhibition of the dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

National Post

In an upcoming landmark exhibition, set to open Sept. 24, off San Francisco Bay in the off-limits areas of the former prison Alcatraz, Ai will present a show cheekily titled “@Large” a reference to the area’s heritage of incarceration, Ai’s own flight from China’s clandestine security apparatus, and the artist’s persistent and active use of Twitter to disrupt China’s forces of censorship that have long dogged his efforts to promote increased respect for human rights in the Asian country.

Complex Art+Design

Finally, details about Ai Weiwei's exhibition on Alcatraz Island have been released. Arguably the most anticipated show of the year, "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" will see seven original, site-specific installations strewn throughout four spots on the island, For-Site Foundation revealed. The whole idea behind staging the show at the former prison turned national park is to prompt viewers to question the world's current state of human rights.


Celebrated Chinese dissident, architect and artist Ai Weiwei's highly anticipated exhibition "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" will open this fall on September 27th and run through the end of April 2015. The exhibition will feature seven site-specific installations in four different locations on the former federal prison island, three of which are not normally open to the sightseeing public.


Workers will begin assembling @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz in buildings that are part of the old military and federal prison in late August. It’s a perfect venue for an artist who has riled government officials in Beijing to the point of his own imprisonment.