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Museum of the Underground Prisoners

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Interesting piece of history

Went with my teenagers and we foubf it enlightening and interesting . May be frightening for... read more

Reviewed 23 August 2018
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Really interesting especially on a hot day!

Great insight to what life was like during the mandate: prisoners were actually not that badly off... read more

Reviewed 7 March 2018
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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...more
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Rehov Mishol Hagvura 1 | Russian Compound, Jerusalem 9131401, Israel
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Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Not the greatest museum. Good stories to tell but really needs more engagement and detailed placards describing the experience of the prisoners. What was life like for them? We left not really learning much.

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Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Went with my teenagers and we foubf it enlightening and interesting . May be frightening for younger kids

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Great insight to what life was like during the mandate: prisoners were actually not that badly off! At least it was cool. Walking, uneven floors but a real window to the past. Water there, No shop, no distractions, just an old prison carefully reconstructed. Good...More

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Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

I've been to Jerusalem loads of times and have never seen this Museum. It was fascinating and so educational. This old bldg was built by the czar turn of the last century and has been in use till the British left Israel in 1948. It...More

2  Thank Needlepointaddict
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We have been to Jerusalem countless times, and never made it to this museum. It was our mistake! I would encourage more people to view this museum, it is very interesting and very well done. It captures a window in the history of Israel that...More

2  Thank eyedoc76
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

That history museum of the underground was the central British prison in Jerusalem. A must place to visit for history founder while visiting Jerusalem.

1  Thank Eli1952
Reviewed 15 August 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...More

2  Thank Sarah H
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Very very interesting. If possible tag on to a group so you get full explanation although there are pamphlets available and a film

1  Thank linda123462
Reviewed 10 May 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...More

2  Thank JustJulieNYC
Reviewed 13 April 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...More

2  Thank niloc36
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