Does one need to book an English tour in advance? Is it included with the price of admission?
If you get there early, you can probably spend an hour just looking at the many armored vehicles they have and reading the descriptions, in Hebrew and English. I like the motorized portable bridge especially.
If you can, watch Cast a Giant Shadow before you get there. A major scene in the movie is the battle for Latrun. Another scene is the Burma Road which is only a mile away. The movie is dramatized, not a documentary, but most of it is correct. (I don't think the very recent immigrants came straight from the ships to the front. I think I read they had 2 days training) (Ignore the boy and girl part. Every movie has to have that, my grandmother said so.) When I tried to drive up the Burma Road 11 years ago, there were big rocks 3 feet tall blocking my way 80% of the way up. Instead of making a 3-point turn to turn around, I made a 15-point turn because I didn't want to fall off the cliff. For some reason I went again this year and the rocks were gone and I could drive all the way to the top, to near Beit Meir. In a car you can only go about 10mph. (Oh, this low-quality road may be a violation of the rental agreement. I don't know and I really hadn't thought of that before.)Edited: 07 June 2018, 08:49
Thanks. Looks like the Latrun website is all Hebrew, so hard to get info from it
We visited and didn't do the tour, and we still really enjoyed the museum. My husband is a US Army veteran, so when he saw this museum, he said he had to go there! Most of the vehicles had placards on them that explained what they were.
how do we get in touch with someone at latrun to arrange an english tour?
I assume you have to call number on the website.What I'm unclear about is what to put in Waze/Google maps- Latrun or Latrun interchange. They both come up.
I don't use Waze (don't drive), but presumably what you would put in is Latrun Armored Corps Museum or words to that effect. (There are also monasteries at Latrun.)
But unsurprisingly, the museum is very near the Latrun interchange, which is roads 1 and 3. If you're coming on road 1 from either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, you leave road 1 at the Latrun interchange and follow the signs.
The best address to put in Waze or Google Maps is Yad La-Shiryon
... which means Armored Corps Museum, for anyone wondering!