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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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Amazing and worth the ride and time

The Ayalon Institute is located about 30 minutes south of Tel Aviv. it was hard to find but glad we did. It's the remains of an old kibbutz but is located in an area surrounded... read more

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very interesting and unique place to visit, if only because one does not usually find secret underground bullet factories in America. Add on to that dedicated tour guides and a fascinating history, and this is certainly a unique place to visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Ayalon Institute is located about 30 minutes south of Tel Aviv. it was hard to find but glad we did. It's the remains of an old kibbutz but is located in an area surrounded by office buildings. The story that is told here is about the incredible ingenuity of a small group of Israelis who were responsible for producing... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommended!!! Tour was absolutely fascinating, and surprising. Rita the guide was great, very pleasant, with a lot of interesting facts and anecdotes that added to the tour. An amazing piece of our history, don't miss it!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was a bit skeptical initially about visiting a factory. Turned out to be a fascinating experience. Had a lovely guide, yarden, who was entertaining and informative. Was amazing entering the underground factory and to see the impact it had on the nation. Definitely worth a visit

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Northbrook, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ayalon Institute was highly recommended.. The Ayalon Institute has such wonderful history and would make for such a great tour ..however our tour guide Rita was rude and as she said a tour that was normally a hour and 15 minutes she was doing in 60 to accommodate someone in group.. The tour was rushed and crowded. Would highly... More 

2 Thank christinelharris
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a part of our collective history that I didn't know about and was fascinated to learn. Our guide knew every detail and kept us all interested (as young as 10 as old as 70). We enjoyed our time and recommend the museum for anyone touring the TEL Aviv area.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For years I've been hearing that the "bullet museum" is a true must see. The layman's description of this site could not have sounded more boring so I never prioritized a visit. I could not have been more wrong. The story of this site is utterly enthralling and will enrapture all from young to old. Guided tours in both English... More 

2 Thank Maccaphile
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is amazing. The ingenuity an foresight of the people who help found Israel is really brought to light here. Well worth the time and effort to visit.

2 Thank Naomi K
Tel Aviv
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really fascinating place. Not well known and we almost stumbled across it but well worth a visit. Amazing to see what went on there and our guide made it really enjoyable for the whole family. Highly recommended.

1 Thank SJL1605
Rehovot, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting historic spot hiding in a hill near Rehovot. Its history is fascinating. Great and educative for children and families

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