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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 #5 of 31 Attractions in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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South Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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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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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very interactive, love the water features. Changing exhibits, so it's fun to go to more than once. Great place for kids.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I have been to the Clay Center for multiple different things. The Kids Museum is nice lots of hand on and fun things to do. The Main auditorium is nice clean, easy to navigate, and seat are comfortable. The only down fall to the whole place is its size. I really wish it was bigger. The kids museum you can... More

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Charleston, West Virginia
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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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Panama City, Florida
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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 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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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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