Catalyst - Science Discovery Centre

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Gossage Building Mersey Road

  • Phone: 0151 4201121

Catalyst is an interactive science centre and museum devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in every day 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.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Summer Opening Times (February half-term until the end of October) Weekdays (Tuesday-Friday) 10.00am to 5.00pm and Bank Holiday Mondays except at Christmas and New Year. Last admission is at 4.00pm Weekends 11.00am to 5.00pm. Last admission is at 4.00pm --------------------------------------------------- Opening Times Winter (November - February before half term week) Weekdays (Tuesday-Friday) 10.00am to 4.00pm and Bank Holiday Mondays except at Christmas and New Year. Last admission is at 3.00pm Weekends 11.00am to 4.00pm. Last admission is at 3.00pm Closed Mondays except during half-terms, Easter and in August, when special events are planned and we are open 10.00am to 5.00pm Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, but we ARE open on the Bank Holiday Mondays at Christmas See website for details


See website for details.


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Facilities and services


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Children's play area
  • Education facilities available
  • Facilities for private functions and events
  • Library
  • Meeting room available
  • Object study facilities available (enquire in advance)
  • Parking for coaches
  • Parking for disabled available
  • Picnic area
  • Reception and lunch facilities for educational groups
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Study facilities
  • Toilets
  • Toilets for disabled
  • Wheelchair access to all public areas
  • Wheelchairs available for loan


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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