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Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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Address: 1 Clay Sq, Pineville, Charleston, WV 25301-2424
Phone Number: 304-561-3570
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Thomas the train

Thomas the train was very interactive for children of all ages. Enjoyed all of clay center. Parking was another thing. Confusing payment procedure and not the best parking.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Javeanie M
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Meadow Bridge, West Virginia, United States
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Overland Park, Kansas
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65 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Several of the exhibits were under construction while we were there but the staff was friendly. Access from the parking lot is less than pleasant.

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Meadow Bridge, West Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thomas the train was very interactive for children of all ages. Enjoyed all of clay center. Parking was another thing. Confusing payment procedure and not the best parking.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very Small and Way Over Priced!! The activities are limited which makes a short visit. They need to offer more to keep the kids entertained.

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Thank bkgj8181
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great place for children. science, hands on activities, planetarium, 3D movies and much more. Grandkids enjoy so much hard to get them to leave.

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Thank Lou C
Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016

We went on an Easter Sunday Ricky Skaggs with Kentucky Thunder concert. I was in college and had to critique a show for a class project. The Clay Center is engineered so precise that the musicians record there for the quality of sound. If you get a chance to see a show there, DO IT!!! It is worth it.

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Thank ralph j
Charleston, West Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

Avoid concert series - If you are not able to afford season ticket passes, the only seats available are nose-bleed second tier balcony where binoculars are required to see and a hearing aid would definitely come in handy. TERIBLE place to watch Broadway plays! I have tried on multiple occasions to purchase tickets for shows when initially announced (as far... More 

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Pittsburgh, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

I attended a musical performance at the Clay Center. The center bright and clean and has a medium sized auditorium and smaller venues including some gallery space. The auditorium lobby is a large glass enclosed space which can be used as a baquet hall/multipurpose area. Parking was $3 in a street lot. There aren't many restaurants close by just a... More 

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Spring Hill, WV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

So many things to report a movie theater they show top name artists-the museum of paintings, history and interactive sturdio and several exciting things for chldren

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Charleston, West Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

They charge too much for admission. We wanted to watch the space movie about the shuttle in the dome theater but it wasn't digital it was like a projector on the dome- kinda fuzzy and outdated looking. I guess it's good for young kids

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Thank Joseph D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

This was a fun trip we took with our school group. Lots of history here and I was surprised with the high quality of the museum. It was very impressive. It's a gem for the area and will impress visitors and locals alike.

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Thank Robin N

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