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Ayalon Institute - Bullet Factory Rehovot

On top of Kibbutz Hill in the town of Rehovot stands the Ayalon Institute, which tells one of the most 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 personal weapon of the Palmach. The factory lies eight meters below the ground and is the size of a tennis court. 45 brave young men and women worked in secret at the factory from its opening in 1945 until its closing in 1948. In this three year period, more than four million bullets were produced for the War of Independence. Today, the underground factory and historic “kibbutz”, preserved by the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites, with great support from Jewish National Fund-USA, serves as a museum telling the story of this important chapter in Israeli history. 

What’s at the site:  A movie about the site; guided tours through the kibbutz and underground factory; a reconstructed dining room; the delegation house for holding events, conventions and seminars for up to 400 guests; a cafe, gift shop, and restroom facilities; and a Eucalyptus grove with picnic tables and lodging tents for overnight programs (showers and restrooms are also available for guests participating in overnight programs). 

For the general public: Guided tours with an emphasis on Zionism, courage and sacrifice. An exciting tour of the underground factory, which includes: locating the factory’s secret entrance; exploring the underground factory; learning about the different machines that the factory workers used and that still function today thanks to SPIHS’s team of engineers; and listening to the amazing stories of this secret place. All tours must be booked in advance.

For children: An audiovisual show and a tour of the factory’s secret openings, which includes descending the spiral staircase into the underground factory. A great combination of history, learning and adventure. All tours must be booked in advance

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Ayalon Institute - Bullet Factory Rehovot

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    08:30 - 16:00
    Fr and holiday eves:
    08:30 - 14:00
    Sa and holidays:
    09:00 - 14:00
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    Visiting the museum REQUIRES booking a tour in advance

Ayalon Institute - Bullet Factory Rehovot

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