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Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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Address: 1 Clay Square, Pineville, Charleston, WV 25301
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Robin N
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Charleston, West Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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movie about the shuttle in the dome theater but it wasn't digital it was like a projector on the dome- kinda fuzzy and outdated looking.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 1 week ago 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
Mason,
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Nanaof2boys1213
Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Marilyn B
Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful museum! It is an amazing facility. Kids love this place and learn a lot about science. It is a must go place if you are in Charleston!

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

My nephew's reception was held at the Clay Center. Beautiful location with glass background. Over 200 seated comfortably. Catering by Embassy Suites was Delicious. Games for children in the lobby. Loved it.

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1 Thank Dogpatchwv
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

At first it's really cool, but after a few visits it gets kind of boring I guess. Also, one time I payed to go to a Kanawha county schools orchestra event, and for some reason there was something that the staff called a "scheduled power outage", which caused the musicians to have to play in the lobby, with about 800... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

The Vince Gill show was amazing as he always is however the Clay Center Staff are more rude today than ever. A horrible experience. I attempted to take a NO FLASH STILL FRAME picture, one of the ushers ran to my seat and flashed her bright flashlight in my face like an anxious cop. The lady beside me was doing... More 

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