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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

Mashable

Get an inside look at the penitentiaries and reformatories that once held inmates, have become increasingly popular tourist attractions.

Boston Globe

Alcatraz derives from the name Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala gave to one of the three islands in San Francisco Bay, “Alcatraces,” probably referring to the “strange birds” or “pelicans” he saw on it. Its strange name (its meaning still debated) is appropriate, given The Rock’s unique history as a federal penitentiary, but as our guide noted, some of the island’s truly unique artifacts are its gardens and the stories behind them.

Examiner.com

In what many consider the hottest ticket in the art world, China’s best known dissident, artist Ai Weiwei, has created a series of works on the former prison island of Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay.

Stuff, Entertainment. New Zealand

Alcatraz is perhaps the world's most famous prison. And Ai Weiwei is arguably China's best known artist. Now they have come together in a viscerally powerful show in the notorious former jail.

The Daily Star. Lebanon

Alcatraz is perhaps the world’s most famous prison. Ai Weiwei is arguably China’s best-known artist. Now they have come together in a viscerally powerful show in the notorious former jail.