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Address: Catalyst Museum Mersey Road, Widnes WA8 0DF, England
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+44 151 420 1121
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Catalayst makes Science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and...

Catalayst makes Science exciting and accessible to people of all ages and abilities, explore the award winning galleries, visit the stunning interactive theatre, experience fun activities in the lab or travel 30m above the river Mersey in the external glass lift to the glass walled observatory gallery!Visit the gift shop and Elements cafe, the perfect place to enjoy a tasty snack whilst admiring the riverside views Free car parking!

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A fascinating museum with spectacular views of the New Mersey Gateway

I visited the Catalyst Museum with my young grandson during the half term. The museum is situated in the old Gossage’s soap works, and is mainly about the chemical industry. On... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited the Merseyside Gateway Exhibition at the Catalyst Museum. There are excellent audio visual materials to explain to non-engineers like me what is being done. However it is the enthusiasm of the volunteers that bring it all to life. They also explain the history of the area and point out interesting features in the local landscape. The trip to... More 

Thank David P
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87 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Catalyst Museum with my young grandson during the half term. The museum is situated in the old Gossage’s soap works, and is mainly about the chemical industry. On the ground floor there is a range of interactive exhibits, which my grandson found quite fascinating, and upstairs a range of displays of the history of the industry. The... More 

Thank deverestackpole
Billinge, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We went on a cold sunny day and immediately signed up for the interactive gas workshop and the family science presentation. Our 10 and 6 year old LOVED the chance to do the experiments. They learned so much that we recreated 2 of the water experiments as soon as we got home to show the rest of the family. The... More 

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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

It's an interesting museum but, like other reviewers, we found a large number of the interactive items broken which was very disappointing. Having said that, seeing the way that our future adult citizens in a school party treated them, it's surprising that anything at all worked. The saving grace of the whole day was the MerseyGateway volunteer who took us... More 

Thank WarringtonOldUn
Wirral, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Great little place with plenty of hands-on experiments for younger kids to try out. Check out the workshops/presentations as well they are well worth the extra fee (£1.25) per person. Good outdoor play area and you can even feed the swans!

Thank jonesfamily2017
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65 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

The Catalyst Museum is great and quite good value. Our children loved all the hands on science experiences, the puzzle room and the observatory at the top. We saw the demonstration about materials which was good but our 4 year old struggled to remain interested, it cost an additional £1.25 each. The museum is good and interactive it could do... More 

Thank JessieJames2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

Had a great day. Wasn't sure what to expect on our first visit. Our 9 year old daughter had a great time, and so did we. Where else are most of the attractions hands on. Great view over the Mersey. Will definitely be visiting again!

Thank rebecca080407
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Must see museum, the views from the viewing tower are fabulous (on a clear day) but still worth taking a look.

Thank Adele F
Barcelona, Spain
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20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

I went with my wife and 6 year old child and he had fun both with the interactive exhibits and the "materials" activity. It could be a really great science museum unfortunately most of the exhibits are really worn out/ damaged or out of order. I would estimate that at leas 25% of the interactive bits are not working. This... More 

Thank Jim T
Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

The varied reviews already evident on Trip Advisor reflect that fact that Catalyst will not be to everyone's taste but I do think it will make a really good day out for some families, so my review is based on a conditional 4 star rating! As my kids were getting restless in the after Christmas holiday period, I decided that... More 

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