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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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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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me and my momma before she passed away

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
ralph j
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Charleston, West Virginia
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

Clay center offers space for concerts/ presentations but also has a great hands on learning museum experience. First there are things to for all ages and almost everything is able to be touched by young curious hands. It truly is a lot of fun for everyone and u get to try everything so kids are learning but they don't know... More 

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South Point, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

The kids loved this place. The ball area, water area and the spooky game room. Only thing I would suggest is placing something in the large room downstairs. We were there in late March, so maybe they have placed something in the room by now. But great place!

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

I go to the Clay Center several times a year for WV Symphony performances and broadway type shows. It is the nicest place in Charleston (probably in WV) for such things. The seats are very comfortable, and the acoustics are great. It just feels like a special treat to go there. I have only been to the science area downstairs... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is a great place to watch concerts, there really isn't a bad seat. The types of artists that play there is a good mix. I've seen blue man group, heart, Daughtry and there has been George thoroghgood and Steve miller. My favorite seats are along the walls of the theatre, there are small balconies of maybe 4 or 6... More 

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