Southend Central Museum and Planetarium

Southend Central Museum and Planetarium
Victoria Avenue




01702 434449


01702 215631

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The Central Museum is situated in Victoria Avenue, and houses the main offices of the Museums Service, together with the Planetarium and principal artefact store.

The Central Museum was opened in April 1981, in a magnificent Edwardian library building. The displays tell the story of the natural and human history of south east Essex.

The Southend Planetarium is the only public Planetarium facility in the south-east, outside of London. It presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All our presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask, and are generally suitable for ages 7 to adult.

Programmes are run most Wednesdays to Saturdays, at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 4.00pm. We recommend contacting us to confirm seat availability and current programme.

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Opening hours

Tues - Sat 10.00-17.00

Closed: Sun, Mon

Admission charges

Entry to the Central Museum is free although there is a small charge to visit the Planetarium, which is located inside the museum:
Adults: £3.50
Children/OAPs: £2.50
Family ticket (2+3): £10.00

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Medicine, Music, Coins and Medals, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A Swarm of Ancient Stars

Southend Planetarium Shows

  • 20 September 2014 11am-4pm
  • 27 September 2014 11am-4pm

Southend Planetarium offers visitors an unique experience and can seat around 20 people.

All our presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask from our knowledgeable lecturers.

Public performances take place on Saturdays throughout the year at 11:00, 14:00 and 15:00. The Saturday 11:00 performance will provide an in depth look at astronomy.

Pre booking essential on 01702 434449.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


Adults £4.60, Children and concessions £3.60, Family Ticket £15.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children).