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Address: Rehov David Pikes 1 | Kibbutz Hill, Science Park, Rehovot 76320, Israel
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Phone Number: +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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The story of this kibbutz is not to be missed!! Take the time , it is 35 minutes from Tel Aviv and you will need about an hour . But really worth it to understand the level of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sharon, Massachusetts, United States
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Sharon, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story of this kibbutz is not to be missed!! Take the time , it is 35 minutes from Tel Aviv and you will need about an hour . But really worth it to understand the level of commitment and pride that the young people had to their country. Request the tour in your language to not miss any of... More 

Thank MWF626
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Ayalon institute served as a clandestine ammunition factory during the British Mandate. Today, the site is being preserved and guided tours are offered by excellent guides. Make sure to book your tour in advance!

Thank Shlomi C
Gedera, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The historical Hagana weapon manufacturing center located underground is a very interesting place. The special environment and atmosphere of this pre-state site is worthwhile visiting. for some people it might look a bit "old-fashioned" since the exhibit has no virtual reality display etc.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Kids and adults loved it alike! Fascinating, empowering and inspiring. Our tour guide was fabulous and very knowledgeable too - Rita Klein. The setting is picturesque, the story incredible, and the courage and commitment these members of the kibbutz/Hagana had is beyond fathomable.

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is a fun museum with the guided tour essential (they don't let people go down alone and you want to hear the stories behind the factory structure). It is an inspiring story of ingenuity and necessity coming together to produce what initially appears to be a simple product - a bullet. The factory was hidden underground beneath a bakery... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The "bullet factory" is amazing and true story of what dedicated people will do to ensure their survival. This is a don't miss tour toget a "behind the scenes" look at the lengths people will go to get the job done. This should be made into a movie.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

This place was amazing and inspiring. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. She made the tour personal by including stories she had heard from the actual surviviors who worked at this secret bullet factory. We went here toward the end of our trip to Israel. We had already learned a great deal about the history of Israel's independence by... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We had no idea what we were going to see when taken here. This was an underground ammunition factory that was situated underground beneath a laundry facility on a Kibbutz in Israel. The washing machine moved to reveal an entrance to the place where bullets were being made. The ingenuity of the cover-up and construction of this facility was amazing.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

I have been visiting Israel many many times since 1970. Only recently I learnt about this underground bullet factory in pre-state Palestine, as it was called at the time. It is a fascinating history of which one can be very proud in the way they accomplished their goals. Absolutely advisable to go there, also with kids as from 10 years... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

The amazing story of a "fake" Kibbutz, settled in the mids of British military bases, that was the main source of "Stan" machine-gun bullets in the Israeli independence war. the factory was built underground, hidden even from part of the Kibbutz members. Beautifully conserved with original machines and real photos of the secret workers. a must visit if you are... More 

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