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Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

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Address: 1 Clay Square, Pineville, Charleston, WV 25301
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+1 304-561-3570
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Wed - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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There is new management at the Clay Center - someone who has experience in children's museums and he has brought his experience to create new exhibits in Charleston. There is a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is new management at the Clay Center - someone who has experience in children's museums and he has brought his experience to create new exhibits in Charleston. There is a climbing staircase going up 3 flights and enclosed with nets so this kids don't fall out. Boys and girls can try out fire fighting equipment while pretending to put... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I needed to entertain my two little ones while Dad was in CE, so we planned to spend the morning here. The morning quickly became the entire day, 6.5 hours to be exact. We only left because we had to pick up Dad. My three year old loved everything he could interact with, especially the tiny town. Wonderful!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We made a stop after we finished visiting the capital building. Living in larger cities for 15 years I wasn't expecting much but boy did this place prove me wrong. It seemed well maintained. My 11 and 8 year old LOVED the "My Town" experience especially the ATM interaction tasks/games. The Grossology exhibit, sadly a few were out of order,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have only gone to the Clay center for Concerts or Theater. In that respect it is a well laid out Center. parking in challenging at times thou.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

.....…I was rather struck by the fact that it appeared to have an art museum attached – the Juliet Art Museum, so I ventured in and this is what I found: a large, 2nd floor open-plan gallery, with quite an extensive hang of themed paintings – people, places and so on - and amongst the usual dreary dross there are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Travis put on a wonderful acoustic performance. Clay Center has very comfortable seats. Not a bad seat in the whole place. Would definitely go there again.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Brand new exhibits on lower level. Kids seem automatically drawn to the twisting three story climbing sculpture. The new our town exhibit is a hands on interactive exhibit with stores, clinics, fire and police vehicles, a government building and a bank. Our young grandchildren loved it. The Juliet Art Museum is on the 2nd floor. At present an interesting exhibit... More 

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Sissonville, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great Place for ALL Ages! Lots of Fun! They always have something new & exciting going on. Staff is wonderful!

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Point Pleasant, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Excellent intimate concert/performance venue. I have only attended for concerts, however, there are daily interactive activities that are excellent for children and people of all ages.

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Dunbar, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

You will think you are in a major metropolitan city, when you step inside the Clay Center to see a concert, performance or to visit the science center. The Clay center is so modern and beautiful. Kids love the science center, and the displays are kept up to date and do change from time to time. The concert auditorium is... More 

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