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Central Museum & Planetarium

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Ages 9+
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Landmarks

Attraction Information

The understated Southend Planetarium at the Central Museum seats only 20 people but presents a range of talks about the entire universe, through various titles on astronomy and the night sky in general.

All their fascinating presentations are given live, so you've got plenty of opportunity for any questions you've got and a small enough audience that almost everyone dare ask!

They are generally suitable for ages 7 to adult, they try to keep it fairly accessible for young intellects but under 5s are not permitted. This is also because the show is 40 minutes long and largely in the dark, not a good mix for most toddlers!

There are public performances every Saturday at 11:00, 14:00 and 15:00. The Saturday 11:00 performance particularly will provide a more in depth look at astronomy which is ideal for students and school age kids with an interest. You can find it on the first floor of the Central Museum which is also well worth a visit with children.

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Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00


General Admission
Adults: £5.00
Kids: £4.00
Family (2 adults, 3 kids): £16.00

Travel & Contact Information


Central Museum, Victoria Avenue, Southend On Sea, Essex, SS2 6EW, England

Phone number

01702 434449



Click here to visit Central Museum & Planetarium's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

No, Central Museum & Planetarium is not wheelchair friendly.

No, Central Museum & Planetarium have stated they are not pushchair friendly.

Central Museum & Planetarium has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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