Southend Museums

Southend Museums is comprised of different museums and galleries within Southend: Central Museum, Southend Planetarium, Prittlewell Priory, Beecroft Art Gallery and Southchurch Hall.

Southend Central Museum & Planetarium - discover local history, archaeology and the stars above.

Southend Museum

Prittlewell Priory - a Cluniac monastery located inside a serene park & gardens.

Southchurch Hall - a medieval moated manor house overlooking gardens and a lake.

Beecroft Art Gallery - an art gallery preserving local collections and housing exciting exhibitions.

Historic Cliff Lift - a unique way to travel down to the seafront.Whether you are looking to explore the stars above or the natural and local history below, join us in the discovery.

Southend Central Museum is home to local history artefacts, changing specialist exhibitions and Southend Planetarium.
Southend Central Museum was originally built in 1904 as Southend's first free public library. It only opened as a museum in 1981, following the move of the old library to it's own purpose built location on Victoria Avenue in 1974.

The museum is free to enter and open all year round. It is known for its exhibitions of locally discovered artefacts from different times in history, from old fossils to items from the Victorian era. The Central Museum is also known to host a range of different themed events throughout the year. With its handy location next to Southend Victoria station, Central

Museum is a great place to spend an hour learning a bit about our local Southend history. Visual displays allow you to see for yourself how Southend-on-Sea has evolved over the centuries.

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