An Dún Transport and Heritage Museum – Historic Time Capsule

Penny W-T By Penny W-T, 21st Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Travel>Europe>Ireland>Westmeath, Longford, Offaly & Laois

When you are touring in the Midlands area of the Republic of Ireland, save a day to venture into County Westmeath and visit a time capsule of history like no other - An Dun Transport and Heritage museum . . . .

Where can we find this hidden gem?

At the crossroads in Doon there is a magical building – the exterior is quite normal, a neat building with the appearance of a single storey, with large windows and neat brickwork. This modern façade however is the 21st century equivalent to a Dr Who Tardis – inside is a wonderland of artefacts lovingly collected over a long period of time. The wonderful collections displayed here ooze character and intrigue and can be intricately explained to you, from their origins and history, to their reason for being here, by the owners of this collection. Memorabilia is an understatement for the wide range of items that have been collected and restored in many cases to their former glory.

Historic Wonderland

The vehicle collection alone is breath taking – anyone of them would form the centre piece of any other vehicle collection. Each one is a rare example, or unique – the only one produces or the last one in existence, either way these have been carefully sourced and painstakingly restored. Each vehicle is in touching distance, not regularly encouraged of course, but nevertheless accessible to those who appreciate and understanding vehicles of quality. But that is only the beginning. This building must be elastic, it stretches to encompass all the myriad of things to be seen and reaches onto higher floors also equally full of gems.
Admire the reconstructed forge at the rear of the building, and the fire engines, collection of farm implements, early bicycles, wartime papers and medals. Admire the Victorian style kitchen with its original black leaded fire fed ovens, the spinning wheels, carpentry tools, early washing machines and flat irons, 60s music makers – trannie radios, record players, and early examples of TVs and gramophones. Then there is the collection of old books, domestic linens, domestic utensils and early office machinery. Then there are the toys, wooden, metal, miniatures, car collections and the trains. The latter are displayed in a magnificent scenic railway model that is operated for any children visiting the venue.
Sewing machines, vehicle engines, tractor seats, fire-engine ladders, prams, weird and wonderful farm equipment that could generate good quiz questions in any pub, abound in the building. There is so much to see and do here that the elegant coffee bar at the front of the venue will be well used – to do this place justice you could be here all day, and regular resting of the feet, and the brain, would be very welcome.

Curiosity for the Past

The vehicle collection alone is breath taking – anyone of them would form the centre piece of any other vehicle collection. Each one is a rare example, or unique – the only one produces or the last one in existence, either way these have been carefully sourced and painstakingly restored. Each vehicle is in touching distance, not regularly encouraged of course, but nevertheless accessible to those who appreciate and understanding vehicles of quality. But that is only the beginning. This building must be elastic, it stretches to encompass all the myriad of things to be seen and reaches onto higher floors also equally full of gems.
Admire the reconstructed forge at the rear of the building, and the fire engines, collection of farm implements, early bicycles, wartime papers and medals. Admire the Victorian style kitchen with its original black leaded fire fed ovens, the spinning wheels, carpentry tools, early washing machines and flat irons, 60s music makers – trannie radios, record players, and early examples of TVs and gramophones. Then there is the collection of old books, domestic linens, domestic utensils and early office machinery. Then there are the toys, wooden, metal, miniatures, car collections and the trains. The latter are displayed in a magnificent scenic railway model that is operated for any children visiting the venue.
Sewing machines, vehicle engines, tractor seats, fire-engine ladders, prams, weird and wonderful farm equipment that could generate good quiz questions in any pub, abound in the building. There is so much to see and do here that the elegant coffee bar at the front of the venue will be well used – to do this place justice you could be here all day, and regular resting of the feet, and the brain, would be very welcome.

Websites of interest


An Dun Transport and Heritage Museum www.askaboutireland.ie
An Dun Transport and Heritage Museum www.athlone.ie › Business Directory
An Dun Transport and Heritage Museum chooseireland.com › Westmeath

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Museums, Tourism Venue, Travel, Vintage Transport, Westmeath Ireland

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author avatar Penny W-T
Published articles on education themes, travel, history and writing techniques. Written a book on WW1 - Gallipoli, and travel books. Run a marketing network for small businesses.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
22nd Jun 2013 (#)

wonderful... I love real life history -thanks Penny

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author avatar Penny W-T
22nd Jun 2013 (#)

I have never been to a place quite like this, nor since, for its air of completely 'living' history.

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