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International Police Museum

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Business Type: Museum and Lodge

Price: 8.00


The International Police Museum specialises in International Police memorabilia, vehicles and displays, as well as New Zealand Police and Ministry of Transport items.

Address: 133 High Street, Dannevirke, New Zealand Manawatu, Whanganui

Phone: view phone+64 6 3746455



Bruce and Maureen Lyon are the lucky and proud owners of the International Police Museum as well as the Museum Lodge bed and breakfast accommodation.

Former Hamilton, New Zealand Police Senior Sergeant Bruce Lyon and his wife Maureen bought and then converted the high profile New Zealand level 2 historic place building on Dannevirke.

The International Police Museum is located on the ground floor and adjacent vehicle areas of the historic old ‘Public Trust’ building on State Highway 2 right in the heart of Dannevirke. The International Police Museum is the only Police Museum in New Zealand which displays both New Zealand and overseas Police related memorabilia and uniforms, vehicles and other items.

The wide ranging Police collections on display are the result of years of collecting by the owner and now museum curator, Bruce Lyon. Bruce was a law enforcement officer for 36 years in New Zealand (see – ‘About Us’).

The International Police Museum was created by Bruce to meet what he wanted and to fill an important role in fostering a greater understanding about Police and their role in society. Whilst there is a New Zealand Police Museum at Porirua, that does not cover international Police or memorabilia, with this believed to be the only museum in New Zealand to display this.

The collection on display includes a diverse range of items relating to Police from around the world, including teddy bears, badges and patches, key-rings, a wide range of model police vehicles, as well as Police uniforms from many countries – including Poland, Germany, Canada, U.S.A., Vietnam, the old U.S.S.R. and many others. There is a display of New Zealand Police uniforms and items as well as an ever growing display on the Ministry of Transport and it’s Traffic Officers – the MOT having ceased to exist in New Zealand in 1992.

There are also several real Police vehicles out the back of the museum including New Zealand Police and Ministry of Transport patrol vehicles and motorcycles, as well as U.S.A. and Italian police vehicles. This growing collection is a delight to both old and young.

View the memoriam board honouring the New Zealand Officers who have given their lives in their law enforcement role in New Zealand and overseas.

Visitors are always welcome to come in and share the hospitality and view the memorabilia displays.

Police officers from around the world as well as New Zealand can be assured of a warm welcome.

 New Zealand Police uniforms and items are displayed with the approval of then Police Commissioner Howard Broad.

The International Police Museum and Museum Lodge bed and breakfast accommodation, are both located in the same building in Dannevirke, New Zealand.

Museum Lodge is a wonderfull and comfortable accommodation for all. 3 diferent accommodation options with two upstairs.
We are able to provide suitable access for a family in our separate downstairs suite, as well as for those with disabilities who can be assured of a warm and friendly stay.

Those of the rainbow community ( GLBTTI ) can also be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.

Hours of work

The International Police Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays as well as public holidays. You may also find us open most afternoons.
Opening hours are 10am to 4pm.

The museum can be made available outside those hours (earlier or in the evening) and other days - for specialist tours and groups such as clubs, by prior arrangement (see – Contact Us). If in doubt, ring or contact and ask.

Overseas Police Officers wishing to view the museum outside those hours should contact the International Police Museum (see – Contact Us), as we would like to accommodate such visitors wherever possible.


Located in the Tararua District with easy access to the Manawatu and Hawkes Bay regions of New Zealand, and within close driving distance to many wineries as well as tourist attractions. 133 High Street, Dannevirke, New Zealand

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