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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.
  • Excellent26%
  • Very good44%
  • Average17%
  • Poor13%
  • Terrible0%
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Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW, England
+44 1702 212345
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Reviewed 6 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 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
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...More

Thank Kevin C
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
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...More

Thank Beyondbangkok
Reviewed 30 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...More

2  Thank TrevorBruford
SouthendLibsMus, Promotion & Events Team at Central Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2016

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

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...More

Thank viv m
Reviewed 19 February 2015

I took my two young children here during the February half term break. A very small but interesting museum. Great selection of artefacts. Currently displaying World War exhibition, very interesting, interactive and nicely displayed. Staff are friendly and helpful.

1  Thank Yvonne F
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