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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 32 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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Red House, West Virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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23 helpful votes 23 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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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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