Southend Central Museum & Planetarium


work Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6EW


work01702 212345



Southend Museum was built in 1905-6 at a cost of £9,374 and originally housed Southend Library.

The building was commissioned and paid for by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-born American immigrant, who went from rags to riches in the steel manufacturing industry. Later in his life, Carnegie sold his steel business and systematically gave 90% of his collected fortune away to cultural, educational and scientific institutions for "the improvement of mankind." In total he spent over $55million on building over 2,509 libraries throughout the English-speaking world and was commonly referred to as the "Patron Saint of Libraries".

The museum houses collections of local and natural history and contains a planetarium constructed by astronomer Harry Ford in 1984.

Southend Planetarium offers visitors an unique experience and can seat around 20 people. All our presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask from our knowledgeable lecturers.

Pre-booked groups are welcomed on Saturdays, booking is recommended: 01702 212345. 
We recommend contacting us to confirm seat availability and current programme. For more information and to book seats please visit the Southend Museums Planetarium webpage.


  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00