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Museum of the Underground Prisoners

Rehov Mishol Hagvura 1 | Russian Compound, Jerusalem 9131401, Israel
+972 2-623-3166
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Really interesting especially on a hot day!

Great insight to what life was like during the mandate: prisoners were actually not that badly off... read more

Reviewed March 7, 2018
Davidlcohen
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London, United Kingdom
Not to be missed stop in Jerusalem

I've been to Jerusalem loads of times and have never seen this Museum. It was fascinating and so... read more

Reviewed November 26, 2017
Needlepointaddict
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The museum of the underground prisoners of Jerusalem located in the "Russian Woman Piligrim Hostel" that was built in the sixties of the 19th century, as part of the Russian Compound. During the reign of the British mandate over Palestine- Eretz Israel (1917- 1948), the hostel was turned into a central prison where hundreds of the underground fighters- the "Hagana", "Etzel" (Irgun) and "Lechi" (the Stern gang) were imprisoned. The prison had been reconstructed by the Ministry of Defense that established there a museum which describes through the narrative of the underground prisoners the struggle for the establishment of the state of Israel
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Rehov Mishol Hagvura 1 | Russian Compound, Jerusalem 9131401, Israel
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Reviewed March 7, 2018

Great insight to what life was like during the mandate: prisoners were actually not that badly off! At least it was cool. Walking, uneven floors but a real window to the past. Water there, No shop, no distractions, just an old prison carefully reconstructed. Good...More

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Reviewed November 26, 2017 via mobile

I've been to Jerusalem loads of times and have never seen this Museum. It was fascinating and so educational. This old bldg was built by the czar turn of the last century and has been in use till the British left Israel in 1948. It...More

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Reviewed September 13, 2017

We have been to Jerusalem countless times, and never made it to this museum. It was our mistake! I would encourage more people to view this museum, it is very interesting and very well done. It captures a window in the history of Israel that...More

1  Thank eyedoc76
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Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

That history museum of the underground was the central British prison in Jerusalem. A must place to visit for history founder while visiting Jerusalem.

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Reviewed August 15, 2017

I have been to Jerusalem around 10 times on visits and work and this was the first time I got to this site - very interesting and a very short walk from the Old city. The site was a central prison during the British Mandate...More

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Reviewed August 8, 2017

Very very interesting. If possible tag on to a group so you get full explanation although there are pamphlets available and a film

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Reviewed May 9, 2017

Shows history of building, first used by Russians as a hostel for pilgrims, then British as a prison to house Arabs who committed crimes. Later used to house Jews, for attempting "to smuggle-in" refugees from holocaust Europe. While it could have been more robust, it...More

1  Thank JustJulieNYC
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Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Although this is a fabulous site, it probably should not be on any first time visitor to Jerusalem's must see list. That is because the city has so many world historical monuments and things to see that one would probably not get to this museum...More

1  Thank niloc36
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Reviewed February 3, 2017

Historical prison for Jewish Underground. British placed these men here and you can walk around and see the cells. Etchings in the floors indicate the different ideological positions.

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Reviewed December 1, 2016

Museum is located in the Russia compound area. Make sure to view the two videos. One sees the prisoner cells, bakery, synagogue,workshop etc. Ome room is a memorial to the 13 men who were hanged during the British Mandate. There is no heat in the...More

1  Thank jackie g
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