Show Times

Term Time

Saturday and Sunday: 2pm

School Holidays

Wed-Sun: 2pm

Ticket Prices

Adults: £6.80

Child/Concession: £4.60

Family Ticket: £21.00

(2 adults & up to 3 children)

NB - Children under 7 not admitted to Planetarium

Southend Planetarium offers visitors a unique experience with changing talks throughout the year, exploring the night sky.


All our presentations are given live, giving you plenty of opportunities to question our knowledgeable lecturers. Each show can seat around 20 people.

Public shows run every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. Pre-booking is essential, please contact us on 01702 212345 to confirm seat availability and current programme. 

The Planetarium is situated on the first floor within Central Museum. We regret that currently there is no disabled access to this floor.

If you are looking to book on behalf of an education or community group, please contact us on for more information. 

Combined Planetarium & Guided Museum Visit for KS2

Due to the capacity limit, we recommend that larger groups of up to 35 children split their group into two. Where one group can explore the museum while the other is in the planetarium show. For a small surcharge we can offer a choice of two museum trails.

1) Central Museum Explorers. A general history trail, exploring time from pre-history to modern times in Southend.

2) Anglo-Saxon Adventurers. Dive into local Anglo-Saxon history with this in-depth trail and activities, including the Princely Burial found in Prittlewell!

Please email for more information.

Getting Here


Central Museum

Victoria Avenue





Telephone: 01702 212345


Visitor Information

Show and Group Bookings

To book a planetarium show please give us a call during opening hours at 01702 212345.


Group bookings during week days are also available, with a minimum requirement of 10 people per show. Please call the above number for more information. 01702 212301702 212345

Gift Shop and Refreshments

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

There are currently no refreshment facilities inside the museum.

Planetarium Accessibility

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.