Close this search box.

Atlit Detainee Camp

Exploring Israel's Shoreline

The Atlit Detainee Camp was a detention center in Atlit, near Haifa, that operated from 1940 to 1948. During this time, the British Mandatory authorities and later the newly established State of Israel used the camp to detain Jewish immigrants who attempted to enter Palestine without proper immigration certificates.

Atlit Detainee Camp
Credit: Heritage Conservation Outside The City, Zeev Stein, Pikiwiki Israel, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

So Atlit Detainee Camp was situated near the Med coast and had several buildings, including a hospital, dining hall, and detention area. Over the course of its operation, thousands of Jewish immigrants were detained in the camp, including Holocaust survivors and illegal immigrants who sought to escape persecution in Europe and start a new life in Palestine.

Top 5 Things to Do in Haifa

The Conditions in Camp

Furthermore, the conditions at the camp were harsh, with many prisoners suffering from disease and malnutrition. The prisoners were also subjected to forced labor; some were abused and mistreated by the camp’s guards. Despite these conditions, the Atlit Detainee Camp played a significant role in the Jewish immigration to Palestine during the British Mandate period and the early years of the State of Israel. Many immigrants detained in the camp contributed to the state’s development and the Jewish community’s growth in Palestine.

Atlit Detainee Camp Dorms
In This Photo: The Barracks Where the Inmates Lived
Credit: Shaula Haitner Pikiwiki Israel, CC BY 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

Today, the Atlit Detainee Camp serves as a museum and a memorial to the Jewish immigrants detained there. It symbolizes these immigrants’ struggles and sacrifices to fulfill their dream of building a new life in Palestine. The museum provides visitors with a unique opportunity to learn about this important chapter in the history of Israel and the Jewish people.

Important Info:

Opening Hours:

Sunday-Thursday: 9 am to 5 pm

Friday: 9 am to 1 pm

Tours can be arranged. However, gotta be arranged in advance!

Tours last for about one hour.

Price: Adults: 32 NIS Child and Seniors:

27 NIS Groups:

Directions: The Atlit Detainee Camp Museum is 15 km south of Haifa and only 3 km north of downtown Atlit. From Haifa by car, take Route 2 south to Route 7110.


Hi! My name is Arik, an Israeli native who dedicated his life to sharing my passion for the Holy Land with those interested in knowing more about this incredible piece of land. I’m the Chief Guide at ‘APT Private Tours in Israel’.

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Bible Lands Museum


Tabor Winery

In this post, we delve into the allure of Tabor Winery, where a journey through the flavors of Israel's terroir awaits.

Zichron Yaakov

Zikhron Yaakov is a small picturesque town near Haifa. Dotted with coffee shops, museums and restaurants, you'll find lots of things to do!

Monastery of the Temptation

The Monastery of the Temptation in Jericho was built on the slopes of the Mount of Temptation, situated along a cliff overlooking Jericho.

Israel Aquarium

The Israel Aquarium in Jerusalem is a fascinating attraction that offers visitors an up-close look at the marine life of the Med Sea.

The Knesset (Israeli Parliament)

The Knesset (Israeli Parliament) is the unicameral legislature of Israel. Tours are offered by the local guides, for more info click here!

The Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu

The Church of Saint Peter in Gallicantu marks the spot where Saint Peter denied Jesus three times before his crucifixion.

Good Samaritan Museum

This is very interesting story

Tell es-Sultan (Tel Jericho)

In this post, we embark on a journey to explore the remarkable discoveries and enduring significance of Tell es-Sultan in Jericho.

Yemin Moshe

Yemin Moshe is a historic neighborhood overlooking the Old City, Jerusalem. It's ideal for a peaceful break between sightseeing adventures!

Rujum Al-Hiri

Rujm el-Hiri is an ancient megalithic monument found in the Golan Heights. It is made up of 42,000 stones which is purpose is not clear.

Need help?

Skip to content