• Madame Tussauds San Francisco Launches the Alcatraz Escape Room

    POSTED May 3, 2018

    Madame Tussauds San Francisco Escape Room. Photo by Vox Solid Communications

The trend of escape rooms, which we covered two years ago, is still going strong. In a particularly apt take on the craze, Madame Tussauds San Francisco is introducing “Alcatraz—The Breakout,” which brings an infamous prison escape to life. Opening on May 23 on Fisherman’s Wharf, the escape room is built on the 1962 escape of three Alcatraz inmates who fled the prison on an improvised inflatable raft made out of stolen raincoats. They were never captured nor their bodies found.

Now, the action takes place just one mile from Alcatraz Island, with players having 60 minutes to replicate the success of criminals Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris. In real life, the notorious trio kept guards off their trail by making dummy heads out of paper, soap and human hair from the prison barbershop and tucking them into their beds while they scaled the prison’s plumbing system and plunged into the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay.

The experience is designed for groups of up to eight guests, with ticket ricing starting at $125 for a group of four, $175 for seven to eight guests. Thrills, and survival, guaranteed. 

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