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Clay Center exteriorThe 240,000 square foot Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia opened on July 12, 2003. The Center houses the performing arts, visual arts and the sciences under one roof - one of the few centers of its kind in the country. The facility is home to both the Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

The Clay Center remains one of the most ambitious economic, cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia history. The Clay Center enhances the region's "quality of life" and enriches the lives of all West Virginians.

The Clay Center includes:

Maier Foundation Performance Hall, an 1,883 seat theater with exceptional acoustics and sight lines

Walker Theater, a black-box theater that accommodates up to 200 people, depending upon the setup

The state-of-the-art Avampato Discovery Museum featuring:
 

  • Two floors of interactive science exhibits
  • An art gallery featuring selections from the museum's permanent collection and limited-engagement exhibitions
  • The ElectricSky™ Theater which presents planetarium shows and large format films on its giant domed screen
  • Douglas V. Reynolds Intermezzo Café, which offers food for hungry visitors during the day and before selected performances
     

Does it cost anything to enter the Clay Center?

There is no admission fee to enter the doors of the building. By just walking through the doors, you gain free access to the Box Office lobby and the Douglas V. Reynolds Intermezzo Cafe. You do have to pay admission to the interactive science exhibits of the Avampato Discovery Museum, the Juliet Museum of Art, and the ElectricSky™ Theater, which includes planetarium shows and large-format films. You must also purchase tickets to performances.

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