New John Mattos poster
created just for this
exhibition! Items with
this image are available
for purchase at select
Park Stores and
at our online store.
New Exhibit, Tours, and Products Explore Film's Fascination
with "The Rock"
From film-noir gangsters to pyrotechnic-explosive prisoner escapes, the story of
Alcatraz—as a harsh and desolate prison within sight of San Francisco's
skyline—has long fascinated Hollywood. In movie after movie, it summed up
the Alcatraz legend in a somber voiceover: "The rock. A little iron curtain
world of lost souls sitting in the shadow of the Golden Gate." (Experiment
Now, a new permanent exhibit, special tours, and interpretive products—developed
by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in partnership with the National
Park Service—give visitors to Alcatraz Island the fascinating historic facts
that they are eager to learn juxtaposed against the dramatic movie fiction they
often already know.