Haifa and the Northern Coast Sights

Underground Prisoners Museum

Published 03/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Located at the sea's edge, this museum run by the Ministry of Defense is housed in several wings of the citadel built by Dahr el-Omar and then modified by Ahmed el-Jazzar in 1785. It served as a major prison during the British Mandate. On the way in, you pass the citadel's outer wall; the difference between the large Crusader building stones and the smaller Turkish ones above is easy to spot. The original cells and their meager contents, along with photographs and documents reconstructing the history of the Jewish resistance to British rule in the '30s and '40s, illustrate prison life. During the Mandate, the citadel became a high-security prison whose inmates included top members of Jewish resistance organizations, among them Ze'ev Jabotinsky and, later, Moshe Dayan. In 1947 a dramatic prison breakout by leaders of the Irgun captured headlines around the world and provided Leon Uris's novel Exodus with one of its most dramatic moments.

Sight Information


Hahagana St., Akko, Northern District, 24110, Israel



Sight Details:

  • NIS 15
  • Sun.–Thurs. 8:30–4:30, Fri. 8:30–1:30

Published 03/07/2016


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