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Central Museum

Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW, England
01702 434449
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Type: Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
50 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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and remember seeing the stuffed animals, old clothes and the old house set up, 15 years later and they still have these outdated lacklustre pieces.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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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
84 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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Southend on Sea
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Southend museum is located in the old public library and is a real hotch potch of exhibits and as a result feels very bitty and certainly does not warrent a visit on it's own but OK if you have the odd half hour to spare. Plans are afoot to build a new museum for the town but this may not... More

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london
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Not the biggest museum in the world, infact its tiny but that is part of the charm. You can spend as little or as much time in it as you want, I like to go regularly just to pop in and see what's on. Lots of local interest and worth 10 minutes of your time if you're passing also a... More

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