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Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW, England
Phone Number: 01702 434449
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Description: In the heart of Southend discover the story of the town's growth as one of...
In the heart of Southend discover the story of the town's growth as one of the major seaside destinations, its rich natural history and fishing heritage.A fabulous collection of iconic round radios and revolutionary plastics; We are the home of Ekco, the town's most famous manufacturer.
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

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.

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essex
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69 reviews 69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

I was really surprised that it's free to come here, not massive but plenty of things to look at and learn about, I particularly enjoyed the history of Southend through the ww1. Well worth a visit for half and hour or so

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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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131 reviews 131 reviews
62 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

A lovely building with staff that are so very friendly. Currently there's a good World War 1 room where my 7yr old grandson learnt quite a bit. But they are being so starved of money that it seems so very old fashioned. Some days they can't stay open through lunch because there's not enough staff. There's a very interesting story... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I've lived in the Southend area all my life so this is a place I usually always popped into. I used to go as a child and remember seeing the stuffed animals, old clothes and the old house set up, 15 years later and they still have these outdated lacklustre pieces. No new displays on view at all. Only positive... More 

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Maldon
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Looked round here after visiting the planetarium and found plenty to interest the children. Artefacts from 8000 to 80 years ago, some interactive exhibits and nice (relevant) things in the gift shop. All in a characterful old building too.

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Malaga, Spain
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134 reviews 134 reviews
88 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

The old library made into the local museum makes this a great visit. Currently also housing a small exhibition of items from the recent discovery of an ancient kings burial chamber nearby plus rooms laid out as in Victorian times, and locally found items from distant history. Don't miss.

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York, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

We visit relations near Southend a few times a year and have just found this lovely little museum. The exhibits were interesting and perfectly pitched at all ages. Our 8 and 10 year olds found plenty to keep coming and telling us about as we spent more time perusing some very informative nicely laid out displays. The staff were wonderful... More 

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Basildon, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

this museum was great for giving my grandson info on certain stones and pebbles that he found on the beach and great viewing

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

taking the children out for a visit to our museum. wish it was a bit larger....and opening times need to be clearer

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Southend-on-Sea
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60 reviews 60 reviews
8 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

In the old Central Library building, this museum is quaint and quite small. However the exhibits are well displayed and changed occasionally so I usually pop in in my lunch break for a quick review, and there's always something worth looking at. More important are the items that are NOT on display. I was doing some family history research and... More 

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