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Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW, England
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+44 1702 212345
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

In the heart of Southend discover the local history which surrounds us and...

In the heart of Southend discover the local history which surrounds us and take a trip around the universe in our Planetarium.

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I went to Central Museum today, it has an interesting display about local people during the war, from air force, army and navy. There is much of local interest about the local... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to Central Museum today, it has an interesting display about local people during the war, from air force, army and navy. There is much of local interest about the local area, including old photographic equipment and natural history items, well worth a visit, recommended.

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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Between exhibitions, large spaces wasted.Not much history about Southend. Seemed starved.of cash. Could do with a cafe, not a destination. Would not take children there. Some exhibits too dark to see.

Thank lyn p
SouthendLibsMus, Promotion & Events Team at Central Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We really appreciate feedback and will pass your comments on to our senior managers and curators. Kind regards, Promotion & Events Team More 

Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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1,594 reviews
806 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 412 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2016

A lot of the galleries are closed due to refurbishment and not allowed to keep bags at reception whilst looking around but the displays are worth checking out.

Thank Ed E
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Lovely little museum, as a local it's so nice to have good free local museums and in Southend we are lucky to have a few and this is one of the best. Lots of local history and the exhibits change quite frequently, you also have the added pleasure of the planetarium, usually Saturdays and I think Wednesdays for school trips... More 

Thank tatania4
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Will fill an hour but not much more. The displays are informative but dated and innovative real order. The planetarium which was our real reason for visit has a cost involved and only runs at certain times which sadly did not fit in with our car park. Thankfully, there was a Biba exhibit which had an interactive quiz which kept... More 

Thank Kimberley P
South Ockendon, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

A small but well-stocked museum that covers the local history of the Southend area and also houses temporary exhibitions (Currently showcasing BIBA the fashion line from the 70's) Look out for the interesting world war one history and the single person air raid shelter from WWII The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. The museum also houses a Planetarium but... More 

Thank Kevin C
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2016

This is always a must when my grandchildren visit, it's packed with history and there are often exhibitions showing too. free to get in and there is a lovely little gift shop too

Thank Beverley W
Essex, United Kingdom
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259 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 312 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2016

A hidden little gem, great displays of local items with good info, helpful staff, its on our doorstep so pay a visit,its free to enter and look round(donations optional of course), upstairs is a planetarium(a fee, maybe book in advance for this section),right now theres also an art exhibition, easy to find next to Beecroft Gallery(the old library) just up... More 

Thank Beyondbangkok
Rochford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2015

I popped in one lunchtime while attending a week-long course just across the road in Victoria Avenue and would highly recommend a visit to anyone. Not only are the exhibits really interesting, I learnt quite a bit about the local area: I was not aware that Southend was the first location to be bombed during WWI by the Zeppelin, being... More 

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SouthendLibsMus, Promotion & Events Team at Central Museum, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your visit to Central Museum and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Kind regards, Promotion & Events Team Southend Libraries & Museums More 

Benfleet, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2015

Just love the building and its layout Reminds me of the museums I visited as a child< not the noisy interactive halls of modern times> There is a permanent exhibition< and different ones every couple of months Has been shoes< pickled animal parts, world war one Something for everyone and friendly staff Lovely little souvenier shop with cheapie bits ideal... More 

Thank viv m

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