Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum

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Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DF

Tel: 0151 420 1121

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  • Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum
  • Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum
  • Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum
  • Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum
  • Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum
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Science has never been so much fun! Catalyst is an interactive science centre and museum whose mission is to inform, educate and excite the widest audience about the relevance of chemistry through the unique offerings, hands-on experiences, the rich industrial heritage archives and strong links to the local area.

The ground floor interactive gallery is home to a host of hands-on exhibits where you can film in our TV studio, create an animation, make a marble run, test the scarf shooter and more!

Learn about the history of the area in our Birth of an Industry and the Baker Galleries and discover a small part of our archive collection in the Gossage Room where we also host adult group historical talks. The museum archive holds a wide collection of material from some of the big names in the North-West Chemical industry such as ICI and Brunner Mond.

Enjoy panoramic views across Cheshire from the glass-walled, rooftop Observatory Gallery, the perfect place to enjoy a heritage afternoon tea or for groups to experience one of our night at the museum sleepovers.

At weekends and during school holidays you can get to grips with real science in our purpose-built lab where we run activities and workshops that the whole family can enjoy.

Also on offer is free car parking, a gift shop and the Catalyst café, the ideal place to enjoy a tasty snack or drink whilst admiring the riverside views and the views of the Mersey Gateway Bridge.

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Guide Prices

Adult £9.95 Child £7.95 Concession £7.95 Family of 4 (2 adults + 2 Children or 1 adult and 3 children) £27.95 Family of 5 (2 adults + 3 children) £29.95 Children 3 and under admitted free 1:1 Carer admitted free
Pay once for admission and receive an annual pass to return as many times as you like over the next 12 months!
Master Card, Visa accepted at reception, café and gift shop
Pre booking online via the website is advisable
Pre-booked groups accepted – discount for groups of 10 or more

Opening Times

2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
DayTimes
MondayClosed
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00

* Most Bank Holidays & Mondays in local school holidays 10:00 - 17:00 (please check the website for bank holiday openings)
Last admission is one hour before closing.

Special Offers

  • Pay once for admission and receive an annual pass to return as many times as you like over the next 12 months!

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Directions

Road Directions

Catalyst has a large free car park We are located in Widnes, Cheshire, just minutes from the Silver Jubilee and the Mersey Gateway Bridges. Easily accessible from anywhere in the North West, Junction 7 M62 or Junction 12 M56 Follow the brown and white tourism signs

Follow Sat Nav WA8 0DF

Public Transport Directions

Various routes of trains transfering to bus.

Nearest bus stops: Waterloo Centre (10 minute walk, 0.5 mile), Ashley Way (12 minute walk, 0.6 mile), Kingsway Hotel (14 minute walk, 0.7 mile)

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      169
    • Very Good
      82
    • Average
      40
    • Poor
      19
    • Terrible
      16

    Recent Reviews:

    • Elliot L
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Don’t waste your money its not as good as you think its going to be.
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th March 2024
      It was not the best, the catalyst museum calls itself a science museum however as you move up the floors the “science” of it all practically goes out the window and instead it talks about observing... Read full review
    • Walter C
      Neston, United Kingdom
      A memorable U3A visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 27th March 2024
      With greatly appreciated help from the group bookings team, I arranged a visit by 15 members of the Neston U3A Earth and Beyond Group. Prior to the visit I did have some reservations on the relevance... Read full review
    • Mathemagic2017
      Devon, United Kingdom
      Great day out
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 1st April 2024
      Had a great day out at Catalyst. Staff were great, very friendly. Food and drinks at the cafe priced reasonably. The lab workshop (plastics) was definitely worth going to. Particularly suitable... Read full review

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp / Level Access - Level access to all areas and a lift to all floors
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors - Changing Places Facilities

    Attraction Facilities

    • Pet Friendly - The on site cafe is dog friendly.

    Catering

    • On-Site café/restaurant - Dog Friendly
    • Picnic Site

    Parking & Transport

    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • MasterCard accepted
    • Visa accepted

    Contact Us

    Tel: 0151 420 1121

    Check availability for Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum (opens in a new window)

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