Review our education brochure and online curriculum guides. Here you will find information about all of the Classroom in the Clay Center programs by grade level, online art lessons that explore the Museum’s permanent collection and various science programs.

Groups must consist of 10 or more people to qualify for group rates.

We recommend 1 teacher/chaperone for every 10 students.  Chaperones and adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with their group at all times. Scroll down for the Tax-Exempt Rate Chart.

The Clay Center cannot guarantee space availability of programs for additional adults joining your group who have not been included in your group reservation.

Complete our pre-registration Form or call the 304-561-3562 at least 2 weeks prior to the day you would like to visit, and have the following information ready:

  • Group or School name
  • Complete address, telephone number and email or fax number
  • Contact person/group leader
  • Total number of children and adults
  • Grade/age level
  • Requested activities/programs
  • Arrival and departure times
  • Lunch plans (space is very limited-you must reserve lunch for your group)
  • Special accommodations (wheelchairs, listening devices, etc.)
  • Method of transportation
You will receive a confirmation packet that includes confirmation, photo release, and directions/parking information.

Acceptable forms of payment include: cash, check, credit card or invoice. A purchase order is required upon arrival in order to invoice.

Payment is due in full upon your group's arrival. In order to receive the group rate one payment for the entire group is required. All additional adults pay regular admission rates, unless included in the reservation. If paying with cash please have money collected prior to arrival. Sorry, no refunds for ElectricSky™ Theater programs (giant screen films and planetarium shows).

Clay Center memberships and promotional coupons do not apply to group tours.

Cancellations of group reservations must be made as soon as possible to avoid cancellation fees.


Make sure your students/group members have nametags indicating school/group name only, or wear a school/group T-shirt for easy identification.

Please have an accurate count of students, chaperones and additional adults included in your group reservation. An accurate count is absolutely necessary in order to process your group tickets.

Please give your bus/van drivers the driving/parking directions included in your confirmation packet.

Make sure that you have confirmed the arrival and departure times indicated on your confirmation letter with your driver. 


Please be on time. Late arrival may result in loss of programs. Please call 304-561-3570 or 304-561-3500 if you will be arriving late so that we can be better prepared to assist you!

Students and chaperones must remain on the bus for orientation by Clay Center staff.

Have an accurate student, chaperone, and additional adult count ready.



  Students Chaperones  Additional Adults
Museum Galleries $4.50 Free $6
Museum Galleries & Planetarium $5.50 $1.50 $9
Museum Galleries & Film $7 $3 $12
*Museum Galleries/Film/Planetarium $8.50 $4.50 $12
Planetarium  $3 $1.50 $4
Film $5 $3 $6
Workshop $2 Free N/A

*Smart Pass


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