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Southend Central Museum

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW, England
+44 1702 212345
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In the heart of Southend discover the local history which surrounds us and take a trip around the universe in our Planetarium.
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good46%
  • Average13%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible0%
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Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW, England
Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW, England
+44 1702 212345
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It is quite small but they put a lot of effort into the exhibitions they have. You can find out about local history and sea life. I would definitely recommend it!

Thank Verena M
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This is a small local museum with a few set rooms, and a temporary exhibition space. The best thing is a small planetarium which gives shows at set times and which are very interesting for children. Pre-booking is recommended as there are limited spaces. There...More

Thank SJF33
Reviewed 20 October 2017

thoroughly enjoyed the planetarium recently at 4.00 entry fee very good value for money and also recommended it to guests staying at the hotel where I work and they also took their kids there and said thanks to me for recommended it to them during...More

Thank sarah26sat
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Wonderful collections of artifacts found in the Southend on Sea area, from Roman and Saxon times, are housed here. Together with various interesting collections of toys and games, photography, and Second World War items. The staff were warm, welcoming and informative. A great exhibit of...More

Thank MrBarkley
SouthendLibsMus, Promotion & Events Team at Southend Central Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 September 2017

Thank you for your lovely feedback! We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 3 September 2017

A small, free, and although somewhat old fashioned museum contained many items of interest of local history and a well set out temporary exhibition 'Veterans : A Shared Experience' providing oral and written personal reflections. Friendly staff and also houses a planetarium which was closed...More

Thank OverTheRainbowLondon
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Great museum just of the high street, very close to the train station. Nicely displayed exhibits, art gallery has an very interesting southend exhibition on at the moment. Both buildings have interesting architecture. Worth a quarterly visit to seeing changing exhibitions.

Thank Ronald D
Reviewed 7 April 2017

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,...More

Thank B7152FJpeterw
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 Southend Central Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

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

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...More

Thank tatania4
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...More

Thank Kimberley P
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