Welcome to My Clay Center!  Discover the excitement, entertainment, and education that awaits in the Avampato Discovery Museum, Caperton Planetarium and Theater, Maier Performance Hall and Juliet Art Museum!

Admission Prices

Prescheduled groups of 10 or more receive a discount. Non-profit group rates (including school trips) are available. Call 304-561-3562 to book your tour or for more information.

Visitors with Partner Museum Memberships 

The Clay Center is a proud participant of the ASTC Passport Program. The Travel Passport Program entitles visiting members of participating museums to free general museum admission. It does not include free admission to special exhibits, planetarium and large-screen theater presentations or other benefits associated with museum membership unless stated otherwise.


The Clay Center offers the convenience of a parking lot on Washington Street immediately across from the building. There is a $3 per day charge to park in this lot.  Special event parking is $5. . Each parking space in the lot is assigned a number, which coordinates with the numbers on the pay kiosk. Please make payment to the kiosk before entering the building, the following payments are accepted: debit/credit card, cash and change.  You will be given a parking receipt, you do not need to return the receipt to your vehicle before entering.  If you do not pay the kiosk you will receive a ticket, failure to comply with tickets will result in future towing of your vehicle. 

Handicap parking is available in the Clay Center parking lot and on Washington Street, next to the Clay Center. Please note that all handicap street parking is metered by the City of Charleston.


1 Clay Square
Charleston, WV 25301

Coming from the North on I-77 or I-79 (Parkersburg, Morgantown)
Connect to Interstate 64 East to Exit 100 Leon Sullivan Way

Coming from the West (Huntington area)
Take Interstate 64 East to Exit 100 Leon Sullivan Way

Coming from the South (Beckley, Princeton areas)
Take Interstate 64 West to Exit 100 Leon Sullivan Way

After taking Exit 100, quickly change into the left lane (Leon Sullivan Way).
Take the first left onto Washington Street.

Clay Center Hours

Discovery Museum, Art Museum, and Planetarium Hours are Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 

The Clay Center will be closed for New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.


Bits & Bytes Bistro is now open! No outside food or drink permitted.

Special Assistance

The Clay Center offers wheelchairs for any patrons who have mobility impairments. All of the Museum’s public galleries and the Maier Foundation Performance Hall are accessible to wheelchair users and other visitors who need to avoid stairs. Elevators are located throughout the building. Requests for wheelchairs can be made at the Box Office when entering the building.

Deaf/Hard of Hearing 
The Clay Center offers headsets for patrons with hearing impairments attending performances. Listening devices are available by request at the Clay Center Box Office when entering the building. Interpreters are available upon request. To make arrangements, please call 304-561-3570 at least one week prior to your visit. 

Groups of Visitors with Disabilities 
The Clay Center welcomes groups of all abilities. Scheduled visits are requested. To make arrangements, please call 304-561-3562.

Inclement Weather Policy

The Clay Center is committed to serving its customers and having all performances proceed as scheduled unless a performer tell us he/she is unable to perform. Typically, decisions are not made based on the forecast of inclement weather.

Please contact the Clay Center box office at 304-561-3570 if you have any questions. Due to high call volume, it may not be possible to reach us immediately. Please note that all ticket sales are final and refunds will not be given unless a show is postponed or cancelled.

The Clay Center’s Avampato Discovery Museum generally does not close due to weather conditions. Any changes will be recorded on the box office phone line at 304-561-3570.