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International Police Museum  & Museum Lodge

International Police Museum 

& Museum Lodge

Sunday 25th July 2010

New unique attraction for Dannevirke opened today.

Thirty two years as first a traffic officer, and then a member of the New Zealand Police Force when the two departments were amalgamated in 1978, former Senior Sergeant Bruce Lyon and his wife Maureen opened the International Police Museum  & Museum Lodge this morning.

Tararua Mayor Maureen Reynolds performed the official opening before a crowd of about 50, by the end of the day around100 people had been through the museum, formerly the Public Trust building (I’m sure unrecognizable to those who worked there before – take a look)!!

New owners Bruce and Maureen Lyon, formerly from Horowhenua but living in Hamilton for the last 10 years, were looking for a home, with an area to house a Police Museum, as well as a home closer to where they grew up.

The Dannevirke Public Trust building appeared, and appealed, on Trade Me. But, as Maureen said, you can’t buy on photographs,  ‘let’s go and take a look’.

As soon as they did, followed by an internal inspection, showed the building would fill their dreams. They purchased it and building: alterations started on November 4 last year.

Now, as well as the very interesting museum of Police Memorabilia on the ground floor and outside at the rear `I was worried I didn’t have enough to display’, but he hasn’t disappointed the public.

As well as the Museum, they have accommodation available.

On the ground floor a two room unit (with wheelchair access if necessary), plus two rooms upstairs,  ``A tourist facility that we hope will build on the town’s attractions, such as Dave’s Den (model cars) and the Fantasy Cave,’’ Maureen says. The accommodation includes breakfast, plus dinners by arrangement.

But, before taking to your room, ensure you see the museum,  items collected over the years by Bruce, which cannot be seen in other places.

By Judy Babe and Photos Karen Blair