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Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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Address: 1 Clay Square, Pineville, Charleston, WV 25301
Phone Number: 304-561-3570
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Opened in the summer of 2003, the Clay Center strives to present a variety...
Opened in the summer of 2003, the Clay Center strives to present a variety of arts and sciences all under one roof. The Avampato Discovery Museum is two floors of fascinating interactive science exhibits, while the ElectricSky™ Theater features planetarium shows. In addition there are a large performance hall and a small black-box theater, an art museum, a fun museum shop, and a cafe. There's something interesting scheduled virtually every night here!
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Excellent concert location

Convenient, close, inexpensive parking across street from the center. We ONLY attended a concert at the center. The Maier Foundation Performance Hall is a great venue for a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Clarksburg, West Virginia
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Clarksburg, West Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Convenient, close, inexpensive parking across street from the center. We ONLY attended a concert at the center. The Maier Foundation Performance Hall is a great venue for a concert

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Milton, WV
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93 reviews 93 reviews
25 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Attended a local charity gala here and the clay center did a great job of hosting. This was the second event like this I have attended here and every time I have enjoyed myself. The catering is done by the local embassy suites and the food is usually always good. I have also brought my kids here a couple of... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Throughout the year, the Clay Center offers all sorts of shows, demo's and learning experiences for every and any one. I teach and we take our students on field trips for the varying events and learning activities as well as my wife and I frequent for their plays and concerts. It's a great little added spot here in the capital... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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105 reviews 105 reviews
34 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

There are five main reasons to find yourself at the Clay Center and five different reviews depending. 1. The 360 Theater/Planetarium: Fun for kids and adults (though it can give you a massive crick in the neck) and so far as I know the only one in the state. Fairly comfortable seats, not too bad prices, and a great image.... More 

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Summerfield, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My husband and I were looking for things to do in Charleston and we were told we should go to the Clay Center. The art gallery on the top floor was nice but the rest was geared towards kids more so than adults. We killed about an hour and a half of time but were not impressed.

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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

we thoroughly enjoyed the performance shen yun...the costumes, orchestra and dance were stellar...however, we were somewhat dismayed of the lack of seating in the lobby area...due to poor parking, several patrons arrived early...they didn't open the "house" until 7pm...that left about 100 plus elderly people standing w/no place to rest...hopefully, they have plans to rectify this in the future...otherwise, it... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I was very pleased with this performance center! There is no bad seat in the place. And there are hotels across the street. You can just walk over & not worry about parking. It's about 3 hrs. from home for me but I will keep track of their events & make this a regular weekend trip.

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Williamson, West Virginia, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

I had not been to the Clay Center since I was in school myself. They have taken out all the things that I enjoyed. Our group couldn't get tickets for a show so we were done with the exhibits in an hour. My four year old was bored within 30 minutes.

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Pipestem, West Virginia
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65 reviews 65 reviews
38 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Excellent learning in science, maths, arts. There are multiple exhibits, science galleries, performances. Love the ElectricSky theater, you just sit back in the comfy seats and feel as though you are actually there in the films which are presented on a giant domed screen. Love the planetarium shows. Adults, children, educators, there is something for everyone here.

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Huntington, West Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Perfectly sized theater. Excellent acoustics. Doc Severson said it was one of the best venues he had ever played in. A West Virginia Jewel.

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