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.

American Indian Occupation, 1969-2019

In 1969 Indigenous activists occupied Alcatraz for 19 months. Learn more about the 50th anniversary and commemorative exhibit.

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.

Tram carrying visitors up a steep slope.

Alcatraz Visitor Accessibility

Find out about accessible features on Alcatraz Island.

Sunset over Crissy lagoon with the Golden Gate Bridge behind.

Download the NPS Golden Gate app here!

A new way to Find Your Park

Screenshot of an orientation video featuring an ASL interpreter

ASL Orientation

Safety, accessibility, and planning a successful visit to Alcatraz in ASL.

Last updated: May 26, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
B201 Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123


(415) 561-4900

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