Founded 1989

Southend-on-Sea Pier Museum

After careful consideration, we have come to the conclusion that it will not be practical for the museum to re-open to the general public this summer. We are making use of the opportunity to plan for more significant enhancements within the museum for planned re-opening in 2021. We re also engaging with the HMS Leigh project's VE-Day 76th anniversary commemorations.

As we receive no funding from pier admissions or the local authority, and without admission and sales income, the museum has been forced to eat into its limited reserves to meet the unavoidable bills. If you would like to help us at this difficult time, please consider becoming a member or scroll down to the Donate feature at the foot of this page. Many thanks.

Sir John Betjeman once said, “The Pier is Southend, Southend is the Pier” and it’s as true today as it was when it first welcomed visitors all those years ago.

If you walk along Southend-on-Sea’s High Street, towards the sea, your eye will be drawn in a straight line towards the longest pleasure pier in the world. Standing for over a century it extends 2158 metres (1.341 miles) into the Thames Estuary, and is a well loved and recognised symbol of Southend and the pleasures of the English seaside.

The Museum is located in the the Old Pier Workshops underneath the train station at the shore end. To locate the Museum entrance, you should go into the Pier Reception and then walk to the right of the railway entrance where it is signposted.

The Museum will bring back fond memories for some and will be a brand new experience for younger generations. Remember days gone by. We have an original c.1890 toastrack tram, three original c.1949 train carriages, a working signal box, pictorial displays, some original "just for fun" working penny slot machines, and much much more......

Donate to Southend Pier Museum Foundation Trust

We also have a Souvenir Shop and a Visitors book for your comments.

It’s fun, it’s a great way to learn and it’s out of the rain when we get a traditional English summer!

Visitors 14 years and over £2.00, Juniors (5 - 13) £1.00

Accompanied children under 5 are FREE (as part of a family group)

For our next meeting or to become a member of the Pier Museum please see our Membership page.

***If you would like to help in the Museum please click here to see our Volunteer page.***

The Pier Museum is a not-for-profit organisation and is a registered Charity (Number 802105) and FULLY Accredited with Arts Council England (Number 490).

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