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Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

1 Clay Square, Pineville, Charleston, WV 25301
304-561-3570
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Ranked #4 of 31 attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Charleston, West Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The Clay Center is a wonderful venue for the arts in Charleston. The seating in the main auditorium is very comfortable and the acoustics is excellent. A good variety of performances are held there throughout the year. The Electricsky and sciences galleries will delight the children.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We only visited the kids museum portion of this facility. We stopped to visit the kid's museum because we got free admission via reciprocity with another kid's museum. Honestly, this is a nice museum but much smaller than expected. They have a wonderful area for toddlers and kids under 5. The two other areas are fun but just limited in... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

A 10 year old multi million dollar facility,it has an outstanding children's science focus - hands on. A planetarium shows movies. First class theater facility and smaller theater are used for live performances. Good restaurant on lower level

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West Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Great variety of performances, wonderful acoustics and sound system. Nice hands on museum for the kids.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The clay center had pretty interesting displays and activities for kids. The theater was also very nice. The only downside was parking is limited.

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Charleston WV
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Special exhibits are done well, although would like to see more in-depth productions. The art floor is spacious. The lower level is a hit for kids to try many hands-on things. That area is probably the highlight. The section that relates mostly to WV is done in a fun way with hands-on exhibits also. The gift shop is nice. The... More

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Milford, Pennsylvania, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Excellent venue for both children and adults. The science museums are great for children and the Art Gallery, theatre and concerts provide entertainment for adults.

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Charleston, West Virginia, USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Amazing facility for a community this size. There is a science museum, and children's museum, an art museum and a planetarium all in a very attractive building. Also a a really spectacular performance hall. Lots of good educational programs and school children programs.

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Charleston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Clay Center is one of Charleston's high lights! It is a great venue for musicals, concerts, star gazing, and learning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

There is a kids section to the museum. A large kids section....downstairs. However, the upstairs of the museum hosts various art displays, historical displays, etc. It is a wonderful place. The auditorium hosts various performing troupes, and is a great place to get you "culture fix." True, it is smaller than venues in larger cities, but you have to keep... More

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