Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum

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Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DF

Tel: 0151 420 1121

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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
      166
    • Very Good
      82
    • Average
      39
    • Poor
      18
    • Terrible
      16

    Recent Reviews:

    • sfarnbank
      Swinton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Hidden Gem!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 26th August 2023
      What a super hidden gem. Went with my 3 & 7 year old girls. We stayed for 4 hours and could have stayed longer. They loved bubble exhibit and the rainbow one was so informative. We had a picnic in... Read full review
    • rabbit55
      Wigan, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Catalyst
      4 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 12th October 2023
      Visited here with my husband and little boy, there was so much to do my little boy loved exploring all the different areas and was a great way to learn kids science in a fun way, lots of places to... Read full review
    • Margaretpenny
      Wilmslow, United Kingdom
      Fun for the whole family
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 16th November 2023
      The family of grandparents, daughter and grandchildren spent a fabulous afternoon playing with all the hands on experiments. The extra money we paid to make soap was worth every penny. The cafeteria... 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

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