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Address: Rehov David Pikes 1 | Kibbutz Hill, Science Park, Rehovot 76320, Israel
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+972 8-940-6552

Next to the city of Rehovot's Science Park, on Kibbutz Hill, stands the...

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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Authentic place to learn amazing facts about the early days of Israel

The tour is well planned, we had a good guide. One of a kind place combing an amazing story with an authentic exhibition.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jerusalem, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is well planned, we had a good guide. One of a kind place combing an amazing story with an authentic exhibition.

Thank 212rachela
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ayalon Institute had been a clandestine underground ammunition factory. It was built and operated by the Jewish underground, Hagana, which fought British occupying force between 1945-48. Fascinating place and a great local tour guide - Rita.

Thank Levi Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family of 4 visited this recommended 'Heritage Site' and reserved an afternoon tour date/time beforehand. We had a rental car & adventured out from Tel Aviv, ~ 1/2-3/4 hour drive from the coast. Very un-assuming place, inexpensive, & not heavily visited, which made for our delightful and uncrowded personal tour in this quiet hillside eucalyptus grove. Excellent tour guide... More 

Thank Lori M
Rehovot, Israel
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10 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fascinating place with a wonderful story of Israel's struggle for independence. It offers the visitor a taste of the efforts Israel's people invested in helping create a state.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed March 20, 2017

The Ayalon Institute Museum is one of Rehovot's best tourist attractions. Not too many people know about it. I take all my visitors to the institute and every single one of them have enjoyed the experience.

1 Thank Harriet590
Gedera, Israel
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Reviewed March 18, 2017

This historic site, dated back to years of Israel's struggle for independence, is very interesting. The underground munition factory with original equipment is a memorial for a special era with special people. Unfortunately the place isn't well advertised so that a lot of people aren't even aware of its existence. Very easy to access, a nice guided tour and a... More 

1 Thank Dan E
Lakewood, Washington
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Reviewed March 15, 2017

It was so bad. I saw all these stupid wax figures, and they were so dumb. DO NOT COME TO THE STUPID DUMB AYALON INSTITUTE MUSEUM! I was also astounded by the way the people that ran the museum were so rude to their manager! I DO NOT recommend this place. do not go here.

1 Thank hdonor11
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3 reviews
Reviewed March 8, 2017

Fascinating and little publicized chapter in story of the establishment of the State of Israel. The tour was informative with an introductory movie followed by the actual factory sites.

Thank Joel S
Wellesley, Massachusetts
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Reviewed February 28, 2017

Excellent guide, fascinating story, super interesting site for kids and adults. Loved our visit. The facility includes very interesting real machines used at that time, the movie was very informative and inspirational.

Thank Julia C
Southern District, Israel
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Reviewed February 27, 2017 via mobile

Very important place to go to. Understand the difficulties our pioneers faced before independence. Original machine and good explanations , don't miss .

Thank Cobonbeh

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