Please note Southend Planetarium will remain closed until further notice. 

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.

Pre-booked groups are welcomed from Tuesdays to Saturdays. We recommend contacting us 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.

Getting Here


Central Museum

Victoria Avenue





Telephone: 01702 212345


Getting Here by Car

We are located on the A127 just off the main junction between the A127 and A13. The Museum and Planetarium is brown signed off both roads.

Closest parking is at the Beecroft Art Gallery (previously Southend Library) car park just off Great Eastern Avenue (off of Victoria Avenue).
It is pay and display.

Alternative car parking is available at The Victoria Shopping Centre (SS2 5SP) just off the A127 and A13 junction.

Getting Here by Train

Two direct rail lines operate between London and Southend - Fenchurch Street to Southend Central (C2C line) and Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria (Greater Anglia). The journey time on both lines is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The closest station to Central Museum is Southend Victoria on the Greater Anglia line. Upon leaving the station turn right from either exit, passing the station drop off zone, the Museum's banner situated high on the side of the building should be visible. It is a two minute walk.

Getting Here by Bus

There is a bus hub just outside the Southend Victoria train station.

Visitor Information

Show Times

Term Time

Saturday: Temporarily closed

School Holidays

Tues-Sat: Temporarily closed

Ticket Prices

Adults: £6.00

Child/Concession: £4.20

Family Ticket: £18.00

(2 adults & up to 3 children)

NB - Children under 5 not admitted to Planetarium

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.