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Clay Center Charleston West Virginia

Clay Center in Charleston West Virginia

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One Clay SquareCharlestonWest Virginia25301
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How do you fit a planetarium, interactive museum, and performing arts center under one roof? You build a 240,000-square-foot renaissance facility. That's exactly what happened in Charleston. The center is just one of only a few in the country to offer such a broad range of world-class entertainment and learning opportunities. The place has it all! Home of the Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, this architectural gem features two floors of science exhibits, art gallery, a 1,883 seat performance hall, a black-box theater, and the ElectricSky™, a Theater that presents large format films and planetarium shows on a massive domed screen


Hours -

Wednesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm & Sunday, noon to 5pm.

Prices -

$7.50 for adults and $6 for children.

Events -

Orchestra performances, visiting exhibits, educational programs, concerts, and more.


  • Planetarium Shows
  • Symphony Performances
  • Large Format Movies
  • Science Galleries
  • Art Exhibits

Clay Center in Charleston West Virginia

The Avampato Discovery Museum’s permanent collection is one of the highlights of The Clay Center. The collection is accessible year-round and consists of more than 800 pieces of art, including Phil II, a famous portrait created by artist Chuck Close.

Clay Center in Charleston West Virginia

The permanent collection and outdoor sculptures have remained popular over the years.


  • The Clay Center hosts all types of events. The Clay Center is home to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The center also hosts concerts, Broadway shows, art workshops, children’s programs, and plenty of activities for people of all ages. Visit theClayCenter.org for more information.
  • The Clay Center is a perfect place for children. They offer great workshops and programs for children, including the Creativity Kitchen” and the After School Explorers Club.

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