Alcatraz Cruises

Alcatraz Cruises

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Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing
San Francisco, CA 94111
Beauty. History. Infamy.

Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. Once home to some of America's most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al "Scarface" Capone, and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud helped to establish the island's notoriety. To this day, Alcatraz is best known as one of the world's most legendary prisons.

Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is now home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed, highlighting an important milestone in the American Indian rights movement.

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Alcatraz: Life on the Rock is travel exhibit produced by Alcatraz Cruises, LLC.

Alcatraz: Life on the Rock is travel exhibit produced by Alcatraz Cruises, LLC.

Alcatraz: Life on the Rock begins with the myths about Alcatraz that people are familiar with. The exhibit documents Alcatraz history as a Civil War era fortress, a military prison, an "inescapable" Federal penitentiary, and finally the National Park site and bird sanctuary Alcatraz Island is today. A sizeable portion of the exhibit focuses on the Native American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz that took place from November 1969 to June 1971. Examples of the facts revealed include Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse on the West Coast; and families of guards lived an idyllic life on the island just outside the walls of one of the world's most notorious prisons.
Alcatraz: Life on the Rock tells the story of the island through immersive environments, artifacts and audio visual programs. It tells the whole story of Alcatraz, including the stories of its fabled prisoners, the mythic escapes and the personal stories of those who have called the island home.
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