Clay Center Re-Opening

The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences invites guests to foster their exploration of the arts and sciences all summer long!  Beginning Memorial Day, the Avampato Discovery Museum, Caperton Planetarium & Theater, and Juliet Art Museum will be open seven days a week!

Monday, May 31 (Memorial Day) through Monday, September 6 (Labor Day) guests are invited to visit the Center all week long!  Museum hours will run Monday – Saturday from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.  Reservations are not required; however, tickets can be purchased in advance via Social distancing will be enforced and mask wearing is required for all unvaccinated patron and encouraged for all patrons.  Our floor staff will be wearing masks at all times.   

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 
Righteous Brothers – 

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.  

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.