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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
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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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Amazing attraction for all ages

We go to the Clay Center often for many varied activities. Our Symphony plays in the auditorium and we were in attendance this past Saturday evening. Great food quality and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
kenatofc
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Charleston, West Virginia
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43 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We go to the Clay Center often for many varied activities. Our Symphony plays in the auditorium and we were in attendance this past Saturday evening. Great food quality and service is provided by the Embassy Suites. The Center also provides a great stage for plays and entertainment passing through our city on regular schedules. In addition, there are many... More 

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Columbus Ohio
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319 reviews
218 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is good enough to go, but it was an average science center. The planetarium seemed to not have any shows on stars, instead they are basic movies. We parked for free just outside of it and if it wasn't for the movie screen and planetarium we would've gone through this museum in an hour. The art center part... More 

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Mount Sterling, Kentucky, United States
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Was a bit disappointed with the overall layout of the displays for the kids. Needs someone at each station to help the kids understand about the displays and keep area clean..The Arts Display was enjoyable it was paper Art & Quilts at the time we went.Would not go back except to see the exhibits of Art.

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Thank Judy Carol S
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

A very nice facility that offers not only fine art but many interactive displays for the family. Also has a 360 degree theater that is awesome and an auditorium that offer great entertainment. Visitor will not be disppointed in the least.

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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is an impressive space to entertain children on a rainy day, but adults will enjoy it as well. It is clean and uncrowded and has a large amount of staff to assist.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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56 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

There were more workers than visitors the day after Thanksgiving when they had clearly prepared for an onslaught of guests to see Santa, etc. Many of the mechanical things were out of order. The emptiness of the place was a bit depressing. A+ for effort, staff. My 2 1/2 year old grandchild was happy enough but preferred the play area... More 

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Thank SweetBetsy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

It's a great venue for a show or to get together for a banquet. This is one of the best attractions in the city.

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Thank JAK K
Charleston, West Virginia
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The Clay Center is an awesome visit and a must-see for everyone! They have an awesome theater, an awesome symphony, and a great place for children to learn and explore!

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Hurricane, WV
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

We love the Clay Center and go there frequently. The inside is beautiful (including the restrooms). The children's area is wonderful. The productions (music, drama etc) are easily heard because of the good acoustics.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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84 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My wife and I go to the Clay Center every couple months. You have a good sight line from any seat. The sound quality is outstanding. They always have plenty of ushers to show you to your seat. They bring in excellent shows and performers on a regular basis. A good variety entertainment as well. The facility is easy to... More 

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