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. 

Vaccinated or not, wearing masks is strongly recommended while at the Clay Center.  Due to increasing spread of COVID19 and the new Delta Variant, we urge you to properly wear a mask regardless if you are vaccinated or not.  We take your safety and that of our staff very seriously.

Planet 9

In July 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft gave us our first close look at Pluto, the most famous dwarf planet in the outskirts of our Solar System. The New Horizons flyby was big news, and the pictures it continues to send back to Earth reveal a world far more complex than anyone realized.

Using nothing but their wits (and high-powered telescopes and a thorough understanding of orbital mechanics), these intrepid explorers are making new discoveries about how our Solar System formed—and what it may be hiding.

Follow Mike Brown and his team at CalTech as they uncover dwarf worlds like the remarkably bright Eris; Haumea, an egg-shaped object rotating incredibly fast; and Sedna, whose orbit takes it deep into the far reaches of the Solar System. Is there a new planet beyond these distant objects? We’ll tag along on Mike Brown’s first night searching for the ninth planet at the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. Join us on the hunt!

The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness 

Imagine a place in the far north of Alaska that is vast, wild, and magical – where one of earth’s greatest natural spectacles unfolds. Princess Daazhraii Johnson of the Gwich’in tribe reveals the land that has sustained her people for untold generations. Experience a world that has evolved intact and untamed since the beginning of time. Journey with National Geographic photographer Florian Schulz on his five-year quest to film the elusive 200,000 strong Porcupine Caribou herd as it migrates to the Arctic Coastal Plain, one of the longest animal migrations on earth. Filled with intimate moments featuring polar bears and musk oxen, wolves, grizzlies, golden eagles and more, The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness is the first cinematic exploration of a world few have truly seen until now.

Experience this special place worth protecting.

Transport yourself around the globe and across the universe in the Caperton Planetarium and Theater! The Planetarium, located in the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, features a giant screen theater with an upgraded, 8K projection system! This sophisticated system offers exceptional brightness and resolution, with crisp images, sparkling stars, stunning details and 3D capability. 3D views are provided by utilizing “active” 3D glasses rather than polarized lenses found in traditional cinemas offering a larger than life experience! Join us for a variety of films and live presentations daily in the Caperton Planetarium and Theater! Please note that showtimes are subject to change.