The Southend Central Museum & Planetarium encompasses a total of five historical sites including the Central Museum, Southchurch Hall, Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend Planetarium and Prittlewell Priory. At the Museum, you would be able to find exhibitions of the local national history as well as the archaeological treasures that comprise of a haul of the Saxon gold. The staff members here are very friendly and a tour to this place would prove to be very educational and informative for people of all ages. There’s also a gift shop where you can find a lot of handmade items available at a very reasonable price.
How to Reach Southend Planetarium (in Central Museum)
- Train c2c, greateranglia to stop - Southend Victoria
- Bus 7, 8, 9, 29, 822 to stop - Victoria Station Interchange (Stop VK)
- Bus 20, 21, 21B, 25, 25A, 25B to stop - Victoria Station Interchange (Stop VL)
- Bus 1, 27, 27A, 28, 822, B2 to stop - Victoria Station Interchange (Stop VG)
Southend Planetarium (in Central Museum) Reviews & Ratings
The HMS London wreck (open until July, 2019) and the Saxon Prince exhibitions are both excellent. The museum staff are very helpful and knowledgeable and there is even a little museum shop with memorabilia for children and some good book titles. Overall a good experience and I would highly recommend. Cannot understand why Southend Council doesn't make more effort to promote the museum and planetarium.
Very nice little museum. A bit of a juggle with very young children but definitely worth a regular visit for older children as the exhibits change. Staff very friendly and happy to answer questions from children. Nice gift shop and close to a large car park at the shopping centre
Small but perfectly formed museum! This is a brilliant place to spend an hour or two. There are a couple of standout gems. First is a beautiful modern exhibition about the wreck of the ship "London" which sank in 1665 just off what would later be the end of Southend Pier when on its way to fight the Dutch (see the photo of a brass cannon from the ship). The second gem is a brand new exhibition on an early (AD 600) "prince" of Essex, which is the earliest Anglo-Saxon christian burial to be found in the UK - the exhibition is like a mini Sutton Hoo, and all for free!
Good, informative but small and could perhaps do better with the space available. Well done to the council for keeping this free to the public
Excellent little museum. Great for spending a couple of hours in. Lots of information on the items on display. A good gift shop as well.