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.
- Opening times
Join us on Saturdays throughout the year.
Shows at: 11am & 3pm. The Saturday 11am performance will provide an in depth look at astronomy.
Pre booking essential on 01702 212345
During school holidays:
Tuesday to Saturday
11am & 3pm
Pre booking recommended on 01702 212345
The Planetarium is located on the first floor of Central Museum.
There is no wheel chair access to the floor due to the nature of this historic building.
Adults - £5.00
Children and Seniors - £4.00
Family Ticket (2 adults / up to 3 children) - £16.00
Adult Group - £4.10 each
Child/Senior Group - £3.00 each
Discounts with an Advantage Card
Pre-booked groups 10 or more call for discounts
- Age Restrictions
Planetiarium shows are suitable for most seven year olds to adult.
Children under five years are not admitted into the Planetarium.
An age restriction is imposed because the show is presented in the dark and lasts for just over forty minutes.
Visitor's eyes take several minutes to become accustomed to the dark.
- How to get here
Southend Planetarium is situated on the first floor of Central Museum on Victoria Avenue (A127) next to Beecroft Art Gallery and the Victoria Train Station.
Two direct rail lines operate between London and Southend - Fenchurch Street to Southend Central and Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria. The journey time on both lines is approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Closest station to Central Museum is Southend Victoria.
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 visable. It is a two minute walk.
There is a bus hub just outside the Southend Victoria train station.
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 car park just off the A127.
It is pay and display.
- School Groups
Details of our talks for schools can be found in our learning pages.
- Brownies, Cubs, Scouts & Youth Groups
We run special talks for youth groups such as the cubs and brownies, which may be tailored to the particular requirements of badges etc.
Our lecturers have developed a fascinating and rewarding presentation that the children really enjoy.
To discuss your requirements further contact us at Central Museum.