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 on Sunday 21st July for a chance to see this family show at 12.30pm or 3.00pm Join us for a highly charged show looking at the technology used in space explo...
Visit Catalyst on Sunday 21st July and join our hands-on workshop Find out all about a smart material called CAPA. Heat the plastic granules and mould your own key ring to...
Visit Catalyst between 23 July and 2 August for a chance to take part in this fun, hands-on workshop. Bubble Trouble! at 11.00am and 2.00pm (11.30am and 2.00pm at weekends)...
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.
Catalyst works with many different groups and partner organisations to co-design and deliver activities both inside and outside the museum. These activities aim to break down barriers and increase access to science, and thanks to a recent grant from the Inspiring Science Fund, we will be launching a host of new activities and projects in collaboration with local communities.
For more information contact Community Engagement Coordinator Jade French on 0151 420 1121