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About Catalyst

Catalyst is an interactive science centre and museum, devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in everyday 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 visit Scientrific, or Birth of an Industry. A Donations 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!


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.

Currently Catalyst is funded by industry and by personal donations, grants from various grant giving bodies especially those affilated to the Landfill Credit Fund, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. See our partners page for more details.