Central Museum

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Central Museum
  • Victoria Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex SS2 6EW
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Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

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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".
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