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Ayalon Institute Museum

Rehov David Pikes 1 | Kibbutz Hill, Science Park, Rehovot 76320, Israel
+972 8-940-6552
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Do not miss the bullet factory

I think that this is my third group visit. It is an amazing story of a group who worked under a... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Atlanta, Georgia
If you can't buy it, make it

When the British wouldn't let the Jews import weapons they had to smuggle what weapons they could... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeff A
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Next to the city of Rehovot's Science Park, on Kibbutz Hill, stands the Ayalon Institute, which tells one of the fascinating and mysterious stories in the history of the struggle for the establishment of the State of Israel. Here, beneath the ground, and right under the nose of the British, a factory was created for the production of 9mm bullets for the Sten submachine gun. The factory is hidden below the ground and operated under complete secrecy from 1945 until 1948.
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Rehov David Pikes 1 | Kibbutz Hill, Science Park, Rehovot 76320, Israel
+972 8-940-6552
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I think that this is my third group visit. It is an amazing story of a group who worked under a laundry to produce 9mm bullets for the war of independence. The factory operated under the nose of the British who thought it was just...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

When the British wouldn't let the Jews import weapons they had to smuggle what weapons they could and ended up making their own ammunition in an underground factory just a short distance from a British camp. Learn how they did it and go down to...More

Thank Jeff A
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great place! Our entire family was mesmerized by the story and the museum. It's only a short drive from Tel Aviv and an experience not to be missed! Call ahead to make reservations for the tour as they are small groups only.

Thank JayPost
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a bit hesitant as we had limited time, but let me say I'm glad we visited. We booked in advance (i don't know that it really required). Just make sure you show up when they have a guided tour in your language. I...More

Thank HamptonPDX123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to Israel many times, but never visited this museum before. It is not well known, but should be. Located in Rehovot. Reservations required. Very amazing, well worth the trip. They are supposed to be making a movie about the people celebrated here.

Thank Lawrence V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On the last day of our ten day trip in Israel we had time on our hands before our flight to the UK from Tel Aviv airport. The previous days we were in the south in Arad, exploring the Incense and Spice Route in the...More

Thank Imliooper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is absolutely incredible the history of these people that agreed in building and working in a widen munition factory. The whole story and the heroic attitude is surprisingly and amazing. It is hard to say what is more surprising: their attitude or their passion...More

Thank THRP
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I knew nothing about the role of various kibbutz in the struggle for liberation of 1948, until this visit to Ayalon.

Thank Daniel R
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Opened in the 80s, this previously hidden factory,built underground is where Israel made the bullets they used in the war of Independence in 1948. Wonderful story. Another must see.

Thank jekcpa
Reviewed 3 May 2017

This place was amazong.The settlers outsmarted the British by having a laundry by day and a bakery by night to cover the noise from the underground bullet making factory. Even the other setttlers did not know what was happening underground. The British so,diners even sent...More

Thank Norma B
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My wife and I and another couple are planning on visiting Israel in March 2017 and would like to visit the Ayalon Institute Bullet Factory on 18 March 2017 (Saturday). I understand that we need a tour to see the factory. All of the tours I see on the Internet including transportation from the hotel for around US$100. We don’t need the driver. We have a couple of questions: 1. Are you open on Shabbat? 2. Can we book a tour directly through the Ayalon Institute? 3. How much does a tour cost for each person? 4. Is there a bus or train that goes to the Ayalon Institute Bullet Factory from Jerusalem on Shabbat and then from the Factory to Tel Aviv? Thank you,
5 December 2016|
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Response from Imliooper | Reviewed this property |
To answer question 1, they are open seven days a week. Q.2. Yes do book tour directly with Ayalon Institute.
We are staying in Jerusalem Geula area. We have a reservation at Blind Museum in Holon at 1:15 pm. Is an 11:00 am reservation at Ayalon institute cutting it too close? Should we just do on a different day? Was told that they are near each other
17 August 2016|
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Response from PatriciaR | Reviewed this property |
It would definitely be a good idea to do the trips on separate days. For the Ayalon institute in Rehovot you have to ring up beforehand in order to join any tour. Do a google search, find their site (in English) and book... More
Melodie W
Do you have to have a reservation
11 July 2016|
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Response from Noga A | Property representative |
‫you defnetly need to make a reservation for a tour at the Ayalon institute. +972-8-9406552 ext 1‬
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