Catalyst Science Discovery Centre


Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

About this Museum

Catalyst is an interactive science centre and museum devoted to chemistry and how the products of chemistry are used in everyday life. The museum aims to make science exciting and to inform people about science-based industries and their role in our lives – past, present and future.

The museum holds a wide collection of archive material from the local chemical industry including Towers, ICI, Brunner Mond and McKechnie.

Catalyst is housed in the Gossage Building, which was built as part of John Hutchinson’s chemical works. The building was then sold to William Gossage, a soap manufacturer. It was topped with electric signs declaring that Kurlo will not shrink woollens and Restu washes white overnight. Since then the building has been occupied by ICI, who carried out research into fluorine chemistry, and Hughes and Treleaven, a company involved in the printing industry.



Gossage Building
Mersey Road



Adults: £5.95
Children and concessions: £4.95
Family ticket deals from £17.95
Free entry for under 4s



0151 420 1121

Visit info

Length of visit

2-3 hours


Exhibitions are child friendly and interactive, with three interactive galleries.
Free trail is available, and a backpack for younger children.

Weekends and school holidays feature family-friendly science demonstrations.

Spectacular views across the North West and Wales from the rooftop Observatory, reached by a scenic glass lift.

Visitors can find out about the new bridge across the river at the Mersey Gateway visitor centre.


Conference and meeting facilities, lecture rooms
Café and gift shop
Outside play area


Photography is allowed throughout the building


Wheelchair accessible throughout

Getting there
By car:

Follow signs from M62 junction 7 / M56 junction 12
Parking is free

By train:

Nearest station is Runcorn

Nearest Venues