Catalyst is a great science based family attraction with an excellent educational focus. At weekends and during school holidays everyone can have fun, taking part in our hands-on workshop activities or see a family science show.
Over 80 interactive exhibits, re-constructed scenes and multi-media programmes stimulate the senses bringing a range of subjects to life from Science, Maths, Engineering and Technology to the Humanities and Geography. Suitable for pupils from Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 4.
Catalyst offers an entertaining educational experience.
Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 0DF.
Catalyst has a large free car park.
If you are coming over the Mersey Gateway Bridge, please don't forget to pay your toll within 24 hours. This can be done online at www.merseyflow.co.uk
The Elements Café is the perfect place to enjoy a tasty snack or drink whilst admiring the riverside views.
The café is open from 10am to 3.30pm (when closing at 4pm) and 10am to 4pm (when closing at 5pm). Hot food is served until 2.15pm.
Both the Elements Café and the Catalyst gift shop are open to the general public without paying admission to Catalyst.
Over 40 hands-on exhibits allowing you to investigate how modern materials and chemicals are made. Discover colourful crystals, investigate polymers, create big bubbles or generate some electricity in this interactive gallery.
Two fantastic teaching spaces funded by the Millennium Commission. Hosting a range of workshops and hands-on activities for pupils from 8 years and upwards. The Alchemy Theatre hosts a range of science talks and shows too!
Investigate the development of the Chemical Industry from ancient times up to the 1940s with the aid of fascinating historical objects, life like reconstructions, archive films and computer quizzes which bring the past vividly to life.
A glass walled, roof-top gallery accessed by an external glass lift, with panoramic views, hands-on exhibits and an extensive photographic collection. An ideal spot to learn about the heritage of the area with our new Panoramic Halton tablets.
Visit Catalyst this weekend for a chance to see our Operation Earth Show! Come along to our family show and together, with the help of expert...
Visit Catalyst this weekend for a chance to take part in this new hands-on workshop! Bee Discovery workshops at 11.30am and 2.00pm Come and learn about one of nature’...
Inspired by the new Mersey Gateway Bridge, close to Catalyst, your pupils will find out about cable-stayed bridges in this 90 minute workshop. They will take on roles as en...
Beginning with early civilisation, the exhibition looks at the use of natural pigments, dyes and new technology concerning the use of materials. It considers the importance of the industrial revolution, the introduction of health and safety laws and looks at some of the great discoveries of the past and the birth of the multi million pound empires of the major chemical companies in the 1930s and 1940s.
A ‘Friends’ organisation was formed in 1987 to support Catalyst and now has more than fifty members. Its aims include:
The Museum is continually expanding its activities and needs more support from its Friends to help it achieve this growth.
Please help us to help the Museum by joining the Friends today.