Ex­pe­ri­ence the wow fac­tor at Ip­swich Mu­seum and Art Gallery

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En­trance to Ip­swich Mu­seum - the largest and old­est mu­seum in Suf­folk – is free. With Hal­loween on the hori­zon, why not seek out some of the Ip­swich Mu­seum’s more macabre of­fer­ings? Mum­mi­fied crocs – we’re not talk­ing more shoes here. Check out the mum­mi­fied crocodile head (and hawk) in the Egyp­tian room, then hunt down more life-like ver­sions in the animal and bird gal­leries. Duck­ing chair – noth­ing to do with birds. This was used by peo­ple to try pris­on­ers by wa­ter. The au­thor­i­ties must have been quack­ers. Skele­tons – there’s plenty of ‘em in the cup­boards of the ge­ol­ogy gallery. Nige­rian body masks – used for cel­e­bra­tions of the dead. Not quite Zom­bie apoca­lypse, but all rather spine-chill­ing to the unini­ti­ated. Samu­rai war­rior ar­mour – rem­i­nis­cent of Darth Vader. A bit on the scary side even with­out the swords. The CRT scan of an an­cient mummy – some things are best kept

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Ip­swich Art Gallery and Ip­swich Mu­seum

Mu­seum as­sis­tants Tim Rousham (left) and col­league Stu­art Green

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