Clay Center Re-Opening

The Clay Center is now open to the public Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Sundays from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  Advanced reservations are no longer required, however, they are recommended.  The Center is still operating at a reduced capacity. Exploration sessions are no longer in place and guests are welcome to play all day!  Social distancing and mask wearing will still be enforced and cleaning will take place throughout the day.  

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our guests and team. As a science center, the Clay Center acutely understands the importance of maintaining a healthy and safe environment and the science behind COVID-19 transmission and prevention. Clay Center leadership made a decision early in the COVID-19 crisis to only reopen to the public when it was safe to do so. The Clay Center has closely aligned its reopening protocols with Governor Justice’s West Virginia Strong – The Comeback guidelines. We have carefully instituted new health and safety protocols within the Center and implemented ways for the Center Team and guests to be together, while ensuring social distancing.  

Performances Updates

Black Violin – POSTPONED – OCTOBER 19, 2021 AT 7:30 PM
Beach Boys – POSTPONED – New Date – SEPTEMBER 27, 2021 AT 7:30PM 
STOMP – POSTPONED – New Date – NOVEMBER 18, 2021 AT 7:30 PM
Three Dog Night – POSTPONED – OCTOBER 7, 2021 AT 7:30 PM
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce ft. Saving Grace w/Robert Plant & Suzi Dian – CANCELED 
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones– POSTPONED – APRIL 14, 2022
Nelly – POSTPONED – NOVEMBER 10, 2021
Trace Adkins – POSTPONED – SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2021 AT 7PM 

COVID-19 Warning

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other guests, and team members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting the Clay Center. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting the Clay Center you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


Are advance reservations required?

No.  Advanced reservations are no longer required but are recommended.  In accordance with the Governor’s updated mandates, the Clay Center has expanded capacity of the Discovery Museum. However, in order to allow guests to appropriately socially distance, capacity is still reduced and not yet at 100%.  

Can I make a reservation in person?

Yes, reservations and museum admission can now be made in person at the Clay Center Box Office. 

What do I need to bring?

Electronic confirmation should be ready as you enter the building.  We also recommend brining your own hand sanitizer (sanitizer is readily available throughout the building) and face covering(s).

Where do I park?

Parking is available for $3 per day in the Clay Center lot located on Washington Street.

What entrance should I use?

Please the Center’s main entrance, there will be clearly marked entrance and exit doors.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

All staff will be wearing masks. As mandated by the Governor, masks are required to be worn indoors for all guests 9 years of age and older.