© Southend Libraries & Museums
- The Central Museum is situated in Victoria Avenue, and houses the Planetarium and principal artefact store. The Central Museum was opened in April 1981, in a magnificent Edwardian library building. The displays tell the story of the natural and human history of south east Essex. The Southend Planetarium is the only public Planetarium facility in the south-east, outside of London. It presents a range of talks about astronomy and the night sky. All our presentations are given live, giving plenty of opportunity for any questions you may wish to ask, and are generally suitable for ages 7 to adult. Planetarium Shows run on Saturdays, at 11.00am, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. In school holidays, shows run Tues - Sat at 11am, 2pm and 3pm. We recommend contacting us to confirm seat availability and current programme.