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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
12:00 - 17:00
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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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A Must Visit

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Dena F
Sissonville, West Virginia
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Sissonville, West Virginia
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

Thank Dena F
Point Pleasant, West Virginia
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Acworth, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am originally from Charleston and still have family there. We always make a visit to the Clay Center when we're in town. My 4 year old son loves it there! Our recent visit over Christmas was his favorite yet. The addition of the little town exhibit is perfect! We spent the majority of our time in there and only... More 

Thank Annabelle4595
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We were meeting family in Charleston for a gymnastics event and had a day to explore. The exhibits were amazing and engaged everyone in our family from the 2 year old to the 75 year old! Plan on a couple of hours at least to see everything. Restrooms were clean, the food at the cafe was affordable and tasty. Definitely... More 

Thank Erica H
West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We were lucky enough to get a preview of the Clay Center's new attraction My Town. It is simply amazing & top-notch. There is so much for the kids to do we didn't even make it to all the "businesses". The kids had a blast playing on the fire truck (they can even put out a fire in a building),... More 

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Any Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Went to an afternoon matinee of the movie showing of The Wizard of Oz with the WV Symphony playing all the music. Magical! Chillbumps as soon as the music started. Great idea! Maybe Sound of Music or Music Man next time?! :) As for the Clay Center itself, lots to see and do before any performance. Lots of "hands on"... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 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.

Thank Walter T
Meadow Bridge, West Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 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.

Thank Javeanie M
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 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.

Thank bkgj8181

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