Creatures and cultures exhibition at museum

PUBLISHED: 16:22 25 April 2009 | UPDATED: 21:45 31 May 2010

Explorer Suitcases at Saffron Walden Museum.

Explorer Suitcases at Saffron Walden Museum.

ORIGINS: Creatures and Cultures from Around the World is a fascinating new exhibition running at Saffron Walden Museum. The displays feature some of the earliest objects and specimens to arrive at the museum from distant lands when it opened in 1835. Bags

ORIGINS: Creatures and Cultures from Around the World is a fascinating new exhibition running at Saffron Walden Museum.

The displays feature some of the earliest objects and specimens to arrive at the museum from distant lands when it opened in 1835.

Bags made by native North American peoples, exotic birds in glass domes, a shadow puppet, Buddhist manuscripts, a boomerang, a duckbilled platypus and a carved ivory elephant tusk are just some of the objects displayed in the exhibition.

Visitors can discover where the objects came form and can find out about the people who brought them to Saffron Walden.

There is a special area in the gallery where people can use their senses to touch, discover and explore - from feeling real fossils and minerals, sniffing spices to banging a drum.

The 'Origins' exhibition continues until August 31. For a small sum, there are also special workshops for adults and children to take part in, including shadow puppet theatre and a world cultures day.

For further details contact learning officer Aleksandra Jones or Maureen Evans at the museum on 01799 510333.

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