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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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One of my favorite museums in Israel

It's a hidden gem with a lot of history. Small and managable with multimedia presentation and great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mindy S
I call it the Bullet Factory

This was a experience I will always remember. It was an emotional experience. You go into the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Ayalon Institute's fascinating story is about a top secret operation which occurred between the end of the Second World War and Israel's independence (1945-1948). On Kibbutzim Hill, north of the city of Rehovot, under the vigilant eyes of the British who ruled the area, a clandestine bullet factory was built underground. The plant was code named " The Ayalon Institute" by members of the Haganah. The building and operation of the "Institute" was a co-operative effort by members of "Hatzofim Aleph" (a pioneer group) and people from the local Jewish clandestine military, who moved to Kibbutzim Hill.. Two shafts leading to the underground plant were disguised under a laundry room and a bakery. After the establishment of the State of Israel, the bullet making machines were moved to a centralized factory. Members of Hatzofim Aleph left Kibbutzim Hill and founded Kibbutz Ma'agan Micha'el in 1949.
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Rehov David Pikes 1 | Kibbutz Hill, Science Park, Rehovot 76320, Israel
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a hidden gem with a lot of history. Small and managable with multimedia presentation and great tour guides. Presentation in Hebrew and English (maybe other languages). Great activity for kids and adults.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a experience I will always remember. It was an emotional experience. You go into the underground rooms where the Israeli freedom fighters gave their all to assure the existence of Israel. The story of this place is amazing. You should go and experience...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It all began as a clandestine bullet factory in a basement on Kibbutzim Hill (name derived from the pioneers who trained there) to hide from the British Mandate rule in 1945 by the Haganah (Jewish paramilitary group under the British Mandate, which eventually became the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got a GETT taxi from Tel Aviv (116.00nis) to go to Ayalon Institute. We had missed this site when we were last in Israel in July. Everyone said it was a highlight of Tel Aviv and so worth the time to get there. You must...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the place twice with my group and once private. A part of Israels history for struggle of independence which unfortunately is not well known. Plus an amazing story about amazing people. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eye-opening, inspiring and riveting experience. I've been there more than a dozen times and take all visitors there (business and personal) -- and moves me to tears each and every time!

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Reviewed January 18, 2018

Visited with a 9 year old in August. Very interesting story and nicely presented museum. I think the tour is about an hour. You need to book in advance. They have tours in English.

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Reviewed January 16, 2018 via mobile

Moving, inspiring & heartwarming. You must visit this remarkable museum. Our guide, Yarden , was most articulate (English language), engaging and informative. Her enthusiasm and love of Israel were infectious.

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Reviewed December 7, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I found this very interesting. Our guide, Yardena was very good. Definitely a Worthwhile trip.

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

Located in Rehovot a suburb south of Tel Aviv this museum known as THE BULLET FACTORY is the story of how a factory was built underground on a kibbutz to produce 6000 bullets daily used by the Hagganah in the war for independence. Reservations are...More

Thank Howard P
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han g
January 19, 2018|
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Response from Vivian B | Reviewed this property |
hi, I looked in their site and you can call or send an fax. Every time I was there I just went and waited for the next tour, but I speak Hebrew, so you should ask when do they have English tours. Telephone: 972- 8-9406552... More
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Richard J
December 13, 2017|
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Response from Noga A | Property representative |
Shalom For making a tour at the Ayalon institute ( the Bullet factory) you need a reservation and for that I have to know the number of people you are and the day that you want to visit. The cost is: an adult 27 nis, a... More
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Richard J
December 13, 2017|
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Response from suebedo2014 | Reviewed this property |
I went to their website and asked for tickets. They will respond promptly. You make a reservation and get the tickets when you get there. You have to give them a day and time you want to go.
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