Clay Center Re-Opening

We are thrilled to announce that the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences will be opening the doors to the Avampato Discovery Museum, Juliet Art Museum and Caperton Planetarium and Theater! Our team is excited to reopen in a safe way so we can provide much needed respite for our patrons. We cannot wait to see your smiling faces and to safely learn and explore together!

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.

The Clay Center has always put the safety and welfare of our community, guests, and team first. We are planning a gradual reopening, with room to adjust as we evaluate the latest data and receive ongoing guidance from our local, state and federal government and feedback from the Center’s Team and guests. Our plan will be regularly reviewed and refined based on the latest science and guidance that we may receive.


  • All admissions require a reserved arrival time. Access to the museum galleries is available Friday – Saturday in your choice of one of two time blocks, 10:00am – 12:30PM or 1:30 – 4:00PM and Sunday 1:00PM – 4:00PM (the museum will be closed for deep cleaning between 12:30 – 1:30PM and from 4:00 – 5:00PM).  Please reserve your exploration time here.
  • Museum members enjoy free admission but must reserve an arrival time as well. Log in to the website before purchasing to enjoy member rates.
  • All reservations must be made online. The museum will not be accepting cash payments, and guests should purchase in advance. Refunds are not available.
  • See our detailed and comprehensive reopening plan for more information including our health and safety guidelines and practices.

Performances Updates

Black Violin – POSTPONED – New Date TBA
Beach Boys – POSTPONED – New Date TBA
Three Dog Night – POSTPONED – New Date TBA 
Mountain Stage with Larry Groce ft. Saving Grace w/Robert Plant & Suzi Dian – CANCELED 
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones– POSTPONED – New Date TBA
Nelly – POSTPONED – New Date TBA
Trace Adkins – POSTPONED – New Date TBA 

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?

YES! All Clay Center members and guests are required to make a reservation online or by phone in advance to visit.  A confirmation email will be sent indicating the reservation date/time and “Know Before You Go” information that should be ready to display as you enter the Center.

Can I make a reservation in person?

No. reservations and ticket sales may not be made in person.  Purchasing a membership does not guarantee a same-day visit

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).

When should I arrive?

Check in will be available up to 15 minutes prior to your reserved time.  9:45AM for 10:00AM reservation, 1:15PM for 1:30PM, and 12:45 for a 1:00PM reservation.

What reservation times are available?

Reservations are limited to 50 guests per session and sessions are available from 10:00AM – 12:30PM and 1:30PM – 4:00PM Friday & Saturday and 1:00PM – 4:00PM Sunday. 

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.