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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.
Alcatraz Island
March 19, 2007
Between 1934 and 1963, Alcatraz housed a total of 1,576 inmates; here’s a line up of a few who were considered the “worst of the worst.”

Press Coverage

San Francisco Chronicle

The highly anticipated “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz,” which opens to the public on Saturday, depends too much on the sort of patience and reflection that few people may ever bring to a tourist destination.

New York Times

Ai Weiwei Takes His Work to a Prison


On September 27, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz, a series of site-specific commissions within the historic former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary will debut. Don’t expect to see the artist; he remains unable to travel, though his ideas will be everywhere.

GQ Magazine (British)

Taking over four rooms of Alcatraz - the former military prison, site of Native American protests and now one of America's most famous national parks - Weiwei's seven site-specific installations aim to prompt visitors to consider the experience of police force, as well as the art as an act of conscience.

Los Angeles Times

The Alcatraz exhibition, opening Sept. 27, will feature sculptures, sound installations and other mixed-media work scattered among various locations on the Northern California island.