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Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Alcatraz Island)

Fort Mason Center, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA

The military fort at Alcatraz took on a new role in the Civil War. Being the only completed fort in San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz was responsible for defending the city. Early in the war, ten thousand rifles were moved to Alcatraz so that they would not fall into the hands of Confederate sympathizers.  In addition to this role as defender of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz became the official U.S. Army prison for the western states and territories in 1861.


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From interstate 280 north proceed due east past AT&T park to the embarcadero to Pier 33. Alcatraz Ferry

Visitor Services

Historic trail, brouchure, signage, public restrooms, information, handicapped access, museum, and gift shop

Regular Events

Civil war history twice a year in fall and spring with live historic bands, medical interpretation, enlistment demonstration, prisoner demonstration, infantry and cannon demonstration

Available Interpretation

tours and videos

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

Prices vary with tour package


(Mid march - early October) Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., Thursday - Monday: 9:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.; (Summer hours) Tuesday - Wednesday: 9:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M., Thursday - Monday 9:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.


415-561-4913 public phone 415-561-4900

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