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Clay Center

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Address: 1 Clay Square, 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

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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Symphony and Country Music

Went there Saturday night to the acountry Western rendition. Great performance and a fun time with friends we have not seen in years. Thanks Charleston!

Reviewed 1 week ago
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32 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there Saturday night to the acountry Western rendition. Great performance and a fun time with friends we have not seen in years. Thanks Charleston!

Thank Traveling652013
Boone, North Carolina
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20 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I have been here so many times and its super fun for everyone. This is a GREAT place to go spend an afternoon with kids!

Thank kykyjaxon
Charleston, West Virginia
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I believe they purchased him a yearly pass. He loves going would go every day if you let him I think. Amazing photos. Fun for all ages. A must see if you go to Charleston West Virginia .

Thank sweetymoss
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Family friendly and fun. Something for all ages. Great imax movies. A little pricey with admission and food. Would like to see more geared towards teens.

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Charleston, West Virginia
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

The Clay Center is outstanding for concerts and plays!! Beautiful facility and easy parking! It also has handicap parking and access. I was able to take my mom there for a concert in her late 80s.

Thank Diane F
Charleston, West Virginia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 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 

Thank christine d
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Reviewed 12 March 2017 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!

Thank Lindsay T
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 March 2017 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 

Thank Ashley C
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38 reviews
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

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.

Thank joanna_walters2002
London, United Kingdom
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187 reviews
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

.....…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 

Thank Mike H

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