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Opening Times & Prices

Christmas and New Year 2015-16

Monday 21st - closed
Tuesday 22nd - open
Wednesday 23rd - open
Thursday 24th - closed
Friday 25th - closed
Saturday 26th - closed
Sunday 27th - closed
Monday 28th - open
Tuesday 29th - open
Wednesday 30th - open
Thursday 31st - closed
Friday 1st - closed
Saturday 2nd - open
Sunday 3rd - open
Monday 4th - closed
Tuesday 5th - open as usual from now on

During school term time (closed Mondays)

Weekdays (Tuesday-Friday) 10.00am to 4.00pm.  Last admission is at 3.00pm  

Weekends 10.00am to 5.00pm. Last admission is at 4.00pm (winter closing at 4pm (and last admission at 3pm) applies during November, December, January and February before half-term)


During school holidays and on Bank Holidays except Christmas and New Year (and every weekend)

Weekdays (Monday-Friday) 10.00am to 5.00pm.  Last admission is at 4.00pm  

Weekends 10.00am to 5.00pm. Last admission is at 4.00pm (winter closing at 4pm (and last admission at 3pm) applies during November, December, January and February before half-term).  


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(General Admission Only)
Children (5-16, must be accompanied by a responsible adult)
Children 4 years and under
Concessions:- Senior Citizens, Registered Disabled, ES40


Family Ticket:- 2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult + 3 children
  2 adults + 3 children

Season tickets, which represent a significant saving if you make more than one visit each year, are also available and there are reduced rates for pre-booked groups of 10 or more


How to Find Us

Catalyst is located in Widnes, just minutes from the Runcorn bridge.  We are easily accessible from Junction 7 M62 / Junction 12 M56 then head towards Widnes then follow the brown and white tourism signs.

Detailed Information

See our map


In addition to our 3 main galleries we have:-  

The Elements
cafe which serves a selection of hot and cold meals, snacks, drinks and ice creams.

A Museum shop where you will find a wide range of interesting scientific toys, souvenirs and gifts.

Award winning toilets and baby change.
Free car and coach parking.

Access for all
  Catalyst has been designed with all visitors in mind. There is a ramped approach to the building and with level access to reception, cafe, shop, toilets and baby-change. A lift gives easy access to all galleries. Induction loops are fitted to the video displays on the first floor. We have two wheelchairs available for public use. Guide dogs are welcome.
Admission   Discounted rates are available for disabled visitors and a necessary companion will be admitted free of charge.
Parking   There are 3 designated parking spaces in the main car park. However there is also close street parking available to the side of the Museum entrance, which may be easier for people with mobility difficulties.






Christmas and New Year 2013-14

Monday 23th - closed
Tuesday 24th - closed
Wednesday 25th - closed
Thursday 26th - closed
Friday 27th - open as normal
Saturday 28th - open
Sunday - 29th - open
Monday 30th - open
Tuesday 31st - closed
Wednesday 1st - closed
Thursday 2nd onwards - open as normal