Catalyst Science & Discovery Centre

Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, UK WA8 0DF

Catalyst is an interactive science centre and museum devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in every day life. Our key aim is to make science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and to inform them about science based industries and their role in our lives, past present and future.

Catalyst is a great action-packed family attraction with an excellent educational focus. Schools visit during term time to take advantage of our curriculum based education programme. During school holidays everyone can take part in our special events and activities.

We have something for all age groups and a friendly welcome is guaranteed!

Finding out is fun at Catalyst. We have three interactive galleries with over 100 different exhibits to tug, tease and test. Enjoy panoramic views across Cheshire from the rooftop Observatory reached by a scenic glass lift, or visitScientrific, or Birth of an Industry. A World of Opportunities is a unique careers gallery where pupils can gain valuable insight into careers in science through interactive displays and DVD Clips.

Get to grips with real science and experience the fantastic modern Catalytic Discovery Lab, with activities such as "Spies and Codes" and the "Catalyst Crime Scene Mystery". We specialise in curriculum based activities in term time but in school holidays, the whole family get to join in!

Take an unforgettable journey of discovery in our Alchemy Theatre, interactive shows with 3D and individual voting makes each showing unique!

Also on offer is free car parking, a shop where you'll find a wide range of intriguing scientific toys souvenirs and gifts and the Elements cafe, the perfect place to enjoy a tasty meal, snack or ice cream while admiring the riverside views.

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Who we are

Catalyst is a charitable trust whose ultimate responsibility for its operation lies with a Board of Trustees. The development of the Museum has been funded through an effective partnership of chemical industry companies, central and local government, the European Regional Development Fund and grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Millennium ReDiscover Fund.

Contact Information
Phone: 0151 420 1121

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