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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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Fascinating bit of history!

Very well-preserved and off the beaten path, a fascinating tour and presentation on a little-know bit of recent history!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Barry W
Highland Park, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very well-preserved and off the beaten path, a fascinating tour and presentation on a little-know bit of recent history!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a fabulous place to visit to gain an insight into the ingenuity and pioneering spirit of the Israeli people. The guide we had was excellent and you received a real insight into the challenges faced by the people of Israel faced by numerous enemies

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It doesn't matter if you're a history buff, you have to be impressed by the ingenuity and human spirit shown here at the Bullet Factory. On the side of a fairly non descript hill next to a building site in Rehovot lies a secret factory that supplied the Israeli forces with ammunition up until 1948. Jordan, our guide, lovingly and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What others wrote about the factory is pretty much correct. An amazing and interesting place and story. However, the story is deeper than the factory. It's a part of the story of the survival of the Jewish People against all odds and the ingenuity required. That saga continues and the bullet factory is another reminder of what those who came... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't know how many people know about this place but it is a must see. Very interesting tour of the place that secretly produced ammunition.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Bullet Factory built underground, under a laundry and a bakery, right under the noses of the British in the waning years of British rule. Original machines make it easy to understand the living and working conditions of the brave young people who produced the bullets. Great guide with excellent English. You will probably need a car.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fascinating tour of an underground bullet factory hidden from the British by a kibbutz overhead. The kibbutz was ostensibly a bakery. Instructive film followed by the tour. Steep steps !

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

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 13 January 2017

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 10 January 2017

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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