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“Interesting, important, but could be more lively”

Clandestine Immigration and Naval Museum
Ranked #19 of 95 things to do in Haifa
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Owner description: This museum tells the story of the struggles over the right to live in Israel and the history of the Israeli Navy through library archives, models, photos, diagrams and light & sound presentations.
Reviewed 4 April 2018

A wonderful collection of artifacts from the Israeli navy in general and also from the period of immigration during the british mandate.

Thank David_M_Brock
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

Excellent museum. A naval museum with this many actual ships on site is amazing. Very English friendly.

Thank TioMomo
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

With limited time, I concentrated my visit on the outdoor section of the museum which included several types of boats used in the early days of the country. With more time available, I'd have enjoyed the movies and indoor exhibits, but the information plaques were very helpful and it was a good visualization of the experience of early immigrants. Clean restrooms available.

Thank therese l
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

I really loved this museum. This museum covers a chapter in history which deals with Jewish clandestine immigration and the right to settle in Palestine. It includes historic documents, newspaper clippings, photos, original models, audio visual materials and films and tells the story of the struggle to immigrate to Israel during the British Mandate. (1934 – 1948)

Who knew the British were stopping Jews from immigrating to Palestine in order to placate the Arabs. Many Jews were caught and placed in barbed-wire camps by the British. These camps were not that dissimilar to the concentration camps in Germany many had just escaped. Had the Jews not been able to persevere and outsmart the British, there might be no State of Israel today.

The immigration is one of the cornerstones of the establishment of the State of Israel.

If you’ve ever read the book “Exodus” by Leon Uris, this museum, film and “Af al Pi Chen” ship will make the book come alive. Originally a landing craft for tanks, the ship was converted into a clandestine immigration ship. You get to board the actual ship that carried many Jews to Palestine and see what cramped and nearly impossible conditions they lived under.

If you’re a history buff, or if Israel has a special place in your heart, you will love learning about this naval museum.

1  Thank SheldonHW
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

Well worth the visit...I don't know why we did not know this.... lots of very interesting history. Nice musuem lots to do and see. Needed more time than the couple of hours we had.

1  Thank Stacey R
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