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Clay Center

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was done in superb fashion!!! The characters were all in form and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sanford, North Carolina
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Something for everyone

The Clay Center offers lots of fun, interesting experiences for all ages. There is an art museum, a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charleston, West Virginia
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“art museum”(10 reviews)
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...more
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1 Clay Square, Charleston, WV 25301-2424
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was done in superb fashion!!! The characters were all in form and you would think that Burl Ives was narrating the show!!! Each character came to life in this show that was tastefully done for the entire family!!!! There was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Clay Center offers lots of fun, interesting experiences for all ages. There is an art museum, a planetarium that offers 3D movies, children's exhibits that are interactive so kids learn as they play, a 3 story tall climbing tree, cafeteria, a black box stage...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Really nice venue. Frequently offers performances that appeal to "a child of the 60s" like myself. Concession stand prices are unnecessarily high.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Kenneth M
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

I was not expecting such a fun day! We spent a little over 4 hours here and had so much fun with our daughter. Lots of hands on things for little ones to do. Definitely go upstairs to the art museum because there are additional...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lauren S
Reviewed September 10, 2018

This was a good place to spend a few hours, with a lot of activities to explore and information to read. It is very easy to spend time here! We were wondering about ages and what would make sense here; our 11 y/o boy enjoyed...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Matt S
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

I took my children here upon their request. They had both visited the museum on field trips. We were having a pleasant time until we decided to look at the art exhibit “30 Americans”. Almost immediately, my children were confused and began asking me many...More

Date of experience: July 2018
5  Thank nlemley
Reviewed August 23, 2018

I have been to The Clay Center TEN times. It is simply an amazing experience each time. I donated/bought a brick for the front walk when the place opened in 2003. An unforgettable visit for anyone. I go for the extraordinary performances at the Maier...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank addysonrochelle
Reviewed July 6, 2018

This place is simply incredible! A state-of-the-art performing arts space, museum, and children's museum in one! I am probably forgetting some other aspect because it was so all encompassing. I was entertained the entire time I was there. It definitely has something to offer young...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank TXGirlinDMV
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Beautiful building with good acoustics for music or dining. A welcome addition to our city and a great venue for cultural activities.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank cryoung2
Reviewed June 7, 2018

Attended a conference who had a banquet in the Clay Center. After they opened the museum. Sorry but modern art is not my thing. I do not want to read a sign to know what I am looking at.

Date of experience: June 2018
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May 28, 2018|
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Response from larry l | Reviewed this property |
Inmy opinion yes. There is a floor with many science experiential exhibits and one with art that changes periodically.
October 21, 2015|
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Response from Jabauman | Reviewed this property |
There are also some kid-friendly restaurants on Charleston's east side. Heading east on Washington Street, you'll find a Gino's Pizza and Tudor's Biscuit World. Also on Washington, closer to the WV State Capitol, you'll... More
July 12, 2015|
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Response from Jabauman | Reviewed this property |
I suggest you keep an eye on the Clay Center's Facebook site. They had a free Summer Fun Day in early July. Last year, they offered free admission to military families between Memorial Day and Labor Day.