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“A lesser known museum but well worth a visit.”

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 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 and the story of the building and the prisoners is told through exhibits in the various rooms: the prison cells, the escape room( look out for interesting messages and symbols engraved in some of the floor tiles), the synagogue cell, the solitary confinement cells. When we were there we did not see anyone else in the museum which was a shame as it is very well set out and curated. As before, it is probably not a site to visit if you only have a short time in the city (as there is so much to see) but very interesting if you are interested in history from the Mandate period.

2  Thank Sarah H
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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 does repeatedly show Menachem Begin warned the Brits to evacuate the King David 3 x- before the bombs went off... this is important historical data. Terrorist dont warn people, he did- 3x. Museum also showed a short film that British routinely hung Jewish prisoners. Three decided they would rather suicide then be hung by British. National pride.

2  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 even on a lengthy first time visit. However, for those like myself who have been to the holy city many many times, and have an interest in Israeli history, this museum will come as a pleasant surprise. It is housed in the actual prison where members of the Jewish underground were held, and it meticulously re-creates the conditions under which the prisoners were held. There are informative films that fill-in the historical background, and everything is nicely labeled and marked. You really get a feel of what it must've been like to be in this prison. An excellent experience

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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.

1  Thank Lorne N
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