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Address: Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EW, England
Phone Number: 441702212345
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

In the heart of Southend discover the local history which surrounds us and...

In the heart of Southend discover the local history which surrounds us and take a trip around the universe in our Planetarium.

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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 18, 2015
Yvonne F
London, United Kingdom
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Rochford, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 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 that Southend was the first location to be bombed during WWI by the Zeppelin, being... More 

1 Thank Trevor B
SouthendLibsMus, Promotion & Events Team at Central Museum, responded to this review

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 More 

Benfleet, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 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 one Something for everyone and friendly staff Lovely little souvenier shop with cheapie bits ideal... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 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.

1 Thank Yvonne F
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69 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

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

2 Thank 12paris56
Great Dunmow, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 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 

1 Thank stevetupper
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

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 

1 Thank Stuart C
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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.

1 Thank joannemaldon
Malaga, Spain
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137 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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.

2 Thank Robert K
York, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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 

2 Thank Wendy P
Basildon, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 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

1 Thank Vivienne H

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