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“Great way to learn about Haganah, Erzi and Lechi!”

Museum of the Underground Prisoners
Ranked #134 of 319 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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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 building so dress warmly.

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Reviewed November 29, 2016

We bumped into this as we were walking near the Russian Compound. We were the only people there and it was a self guided easy tour. Those British sure had their hand in a lot of places they should have not. I learned a lot here about how this was once a Russian hotel for women, taken over by the British and turned into a prison. A sad place really. Must have been miserable especially for the ones who were executed for something that would never get that punishment today. This is a good rainy day visit and takes maybe an hour. Best part it was free.

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Reviewed September 6, 2016

In the eastern part of the Russian Compound originally Russian Pilgrims Hostel,The central prison during British Mandate, with prisoners of LEHI EZEL and Hagana as well as Arab prisoners,Museum exhibits the story and daily life of the prisoners

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Reviewed August 25, 2016

Museum of the Underground Prisoners is must see for locals and tourists. You can see the prison in the old building where underground prisoners were captured. This is very important part of the independence story of Israel.

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Reviewed April 5, 2016

Once a hostel for female Russian pilgrams, this site turned into a jail during the British Mandate. Take a walk through the halls and hear the stories of those incarcerated. Located right in the center of Jerusalem and a great way to learn a different aspect of how the State was formed

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