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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 26 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...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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!

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Roanoke, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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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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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
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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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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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20 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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