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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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shen yun

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Parkersburg, West Virginia
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Summerfield, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
7 helpful votes 7 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
42 helpful votes 42 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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South Charleston, West Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The variety of concerts and performers they have gotten in recent years has really improved. Seating is comfortable and sound in the auditorium is great. I look forward to going to the shows in the sky theater.

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Charleston, WV
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We attended the fun day free event and was not impressed. Most exhibits are geared toward 5y and under, didn't get to enjoy the show at the theatre cause they ran out of tickets,and they shut down the face painting line an hour and half early. I felt the Faith and the Devil" exhibit should not be in a kids... More 

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Red House, West Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

We have visited multiple times with school groups. The kids don't seem to mind revisiting same exhibits, but a little tiring for parents. Nice theatre with movies changing frequently. Lots of special activities for kids throughout year. Younger children and pre school ages would like the exhibits more than older children.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Have been to the main auditorium at least 50 times. Great variety of live performances- from the Pointer Sisters to Harlem Boys Choir to kathy Griffin and so on. Known for its superior acoustics, the clay center offers most everyone some thing. Can be a bit pricey, but it is wv and the performers need some incentive to stop in.

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