museum is where the British imprisoned (and in some cases tortured and
executed) members of the Jewish underground - the Hagana, IZL, and Lehi -
the heroes of the Israeli struggle for independence.
beautiful museum. Superb and intense presentation on the heroism of
early freedom fighters. Especially intense exhibit on Meir Feinstein
and Moshe Barazani, the prisoners that took their lives with grenades
shortly before their scheduled execution.
some unfathomable reason the place is barely known to the tourist office and
locals (at least as of 2005). We could not find anyone
who could give us detailed directions - even the staff at the main police
station two blocks away! The map below will help you avoid the
hassles we endured finding this place. Note: the museum entrance
is on a side street, behind the Jerusalem Municipality, behind and around
the corner of the landmark Russian Orthodox Church.
The old Central Prison Jerusalem - now the Museum of the Underground
Prisoners. Right: typical cell.
The Zinzana - isolation cells block. (Marlene inspecting one of the cells).
Left: the gallows; Right: where Meir Feinstein and Moshe
Barazani took their own lives with grenades (smuggled into the prison in
oranges - see two oranges in photo) before their scheduled execution at the
The passageway to an escape tunnel