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Ayalon Institute

Gustavo Fring wasn't a genius, he was a copycat! Way before Breaking Bad, Israelis built a clandestine bullet factory under a kibbutz laundry facility near Rehovot.

Photograph of the outside of the laundry facility
The outside of the laundry facility

Right under the British forces' nose, and concealed under the Kibbutz's laundry room and bakery, this covert operation played a crucial role in supplying the ammunition required by the Jewish forces during the struggle for independence.

Operated in secret through elaborate camouflage and strict security measures, the underground factory produced millions of bullets between between 1945 and 1948.

The Ayalon Institute (also known as Machon Ayalon) stands as a testament to the resourcefulness and determination of the Jewish community in the face of adversity, contributing significantly to the establishment of the State of Israel.

A photo of a person operating a machine
A donkey pulling a chariot outside reflecting the nature of the kibbutz.

The tour is guided and it is a must do for anyone who is interested in the history of Israel and the resourcefulness of our people.

Where is it and how to get there?

Located at David Fikes St. 1 in the center of the city of Rehovot, the museum is easily accessible by car or public transportation.

Recommendations and useful information:

Here are some recommendations and useful information to help you plan your visit. Please note that this information may change without notice and I advise you to check everything before you go to avoid any surprises :)

> The tour is guided and offered in Hebrew and English. Reservations are mendatory.

Official Website: Ayalon Institute - Bullet Factory, Rehovot

Phone #: +972 8 940 6552 / WhatsApp: +972 52 562 5747


Opening hours:

Sunday through Thursday:

08:30 - 16:00

Friday and Holiday Eves:

08:30 - 14:00

Saturday and holidays:

09:00 - 14:00



30 Shekels

Children, Students and Seniors:

22 Shekels

Kids Friendly? Yes

Wheelchair accessible? Yes

Pets friendly? No

Other things to do while you are in the area?


There are millions of things to do in Rehovot, so if you are in the area, I highly recommend some of the following things to do:

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