(Los Angeles) — The Queen Mary in Long Beach has set the stage for the “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” and “Alcatraz, The Last Day” exhibits. On display through February 28, 2017, the 3,000 square-foot exhibits are an ideal way for families, students and visitors alike to get a real feel for the history of and the fascination with Alcatraz Island.
The “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” and “Alcatraz: The Last Day” exhibits are included with admission tickets to the ship, starting at $19.50. Guests will experience Alcatraz in addition to enjoying fascinating historical exhibits on display at The Queen Mary, including Diana: Legacy of a Princess A Royal Exhibition and Passion for Painting; The Art of Winston Churchill. Specialized additional tours of the legendary liner are also available.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802. For more information, call (877) 342-0738 or visit www.queenmary.com.
“Alcatraz: Life on the Rock”
“Alcatraz: Life on the Rock” is an exhibit that showcases Alcatraz Island’s fascinating history and infamous inmates. Specific installations include “How Do You Know Alcatraz?” which offers a compelling introduction, complete with a model of the island and a look at The Rock’s place in history and in movies. Additionally, there are four quadrants that feature the following: a “Military History”; an authentic replica of a prison cell that is the centerpiece of the “Life on the Inside”; “Strength: The Native American Indian Occupation”; and “Preserving the Rock.”
“Alcatraz: The Last Day”
Upon the announcement of the Alcatraz Penitentiary closure in 1963, Life Magazine called upon California-based photographer Leigh Wiener to document the momentous occasion. While Wiener had a large lay-out in the 1963 issue of Life Magazine, many of Wiener’s 300+ photographs that were captured on March 21, 1963 remained unpublished, filed away in his archive, until they were revealed 45 years later. In 2008, while inventorying his late father’s photographic legacy of nearly 1/2 a million proof sheets and negatives, Devik Wiener would discover this treasure trove of images taken on the closing day of Alcatraz. Twenty five of these images are now on display to complement the exhibit “Alcatraz: Life on the Rock.”
The Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary (www.queenmary.com) features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary features award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, numerous special event salons and 346 staterooms.
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