Covid-19 notice. Please note that due to current Government guidelines Central Museum will remain closed until further notice. 

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".



Current Exhibitions

The Princely Burial

At Central Museum


Wild Estuary

At Central Museum

Until 26th September 2020

Getting Here


Victoria Avenue





Telephone: 01702 212345


Do you deliver and set up?

Absolutely! A knowledgeable member of the Go BOunce House Rentals Team will deliver and set up each bounce house and ensure that it is clean and in good working condition well before your party starts and take it down after the party is over. Set up normally takes about 10-20 minutes, and take down is about 15-30 minutes. This service is included in your rental cost. Delivery charge applies for Palm Beach and Miami-Dade Counties.

What kind of power is required?

Our bounce houses plug into a standard 110v household outlet. We will supply the power cord, and we ask that nothing else be plugged into the outlet we are utilizing. Placement of the bounce house should be no more than 50ft from that outlet. If you would like to set up a bounce house at a park or place without an electrical outlet within 50ft, let us know and we can arrange to use a generator for an additional charge.

What type of surface can the bounce house be placed on?

The safest surface is a level grassy area. However, we can set up on concrete, asphalt, or bark. Please specify when ordering which surface we will be setting up on and we will make sure we utilize the proper anchors for your event.

What is your weather policy?

Your child’s safety is our main concern. We reserve the right to cancel due to rain or high winds. Bouncers cannot be used if there are winds of 15 mph or more. If the sky is overcast or if there is a light rain with no wind, we can still set up our bounce houses.

Is there a deposit required to reserve a bounce house?

No. We will collect the payment (Cash) or (Credit) on delivery day before we setup.

Are you Insured?

Yes. We are fully insured in the event of injury due to our gross negligence or malfunction of our equipment. This statement in no way implies legal responsibility. Please read your rental agreement. Please note: All individuals and/or companies that rent a bounce house are required to sign a liability waiver prior to set up. We CANNOT set up a bounce house until the liability waiver is signed by an adult.

Are your units clean?

All of our inflatables and equipment are meticulously cleaned and serviced after each rental. We want you to be comfortable in knowing that we are providing you with clean and hygienic rental producs.

What are the bounce house rules?

Adult supervision is required at all times. No food, gum, candy, or drinks. No shoes, eyeglasses, sharp objects. No SILLY STRING! No PETS! No climbing on the walls or netting. No flipping, somersaults, wrestling, or fighting. No Water Hoses, Sprinklers or Wet Kids! (our bouncers are NOT wet units) Allow only the same size kids to bounce at a time. It is the Customer’s responsibility to keep the Unit clean and free from any type of debris. ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED AT ALL TIME. Customer agrees to pay $45.00 for cleaning inflatable unit(s) beyond the normal wear and tear. Customer agrees to pay $150.00 for a professional cleaning if Silly String or Gum needs to be professionally removed from unit(s).

Can I have my party at a park?

Yes. Bounce houses are great for parks. Some parks require that you have reservations in order to have a bounce house at the park. Contact the park district for requirements. Also, most parks require an attendant to stay with the bounce house and you must use a generator.

What if I have to cancel?

No Problem. Just give us a call, there is no cancellation fee. However, we would appreciate as much notice as possible so we have a chance to rent your bounce house to someone else, we usually have a waiting list. (All deposit are non-refundable)

Visitor Information

Opening Times

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Bank Holidays: Closed

All visitors must wear face coverings. 

Gift Shop & Refreshments

Discover unique gifts, toys and stationery in our museum Gift Shop. 

There are currently no refreshment facilities inside the museum.

Museum Accessibility

A disabled access entrance is located to the right hand side of the Museum. Please ring the bell for assistance.

The ground floor is fully accessible but as the museum currently doesn't have a lift, the first floor (and therefore the Planetarium and toilets) are inaccessible.

Disabled toilets are available next door in the Beecroft Art Gallery

Limited disabled parking is available to the rear of the building. Access is through the Beecroft staff car park, which is located to the left of the entrance to the multi-story car park. 

© 2020 Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Southend Museums Service is part of the Culture Section of the Place Department, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

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