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!
Add a Caperton Planetarium & Theater Show (non-members)
Add a Caperton Planetarium & Theater Show (members)
Caperton Planetarium & Theater Show only (non-members)
Caperton Planetarium & Theater Show only (members)
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. If the lot is unattended, you may place your payment in the pay kiosk that is located at the front of the parking lot. Each parking space in the lot is assigned a number, which coordinates with the numbers on the pay kiosk. Please note, this parking lot is owned by ABM Parking Systems and the Clay Center is not responsible for any losses or damages.
If you return to your vehicle and notice a yellow ticket envelope on your windshield, you will need to go to the pay kiosk before you leave the lot. Please place your payment in the envelope, seal it shut and insert the envelope into the slot at the pay kiosk.
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
The Clay Center is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday from 12:00PM-5:00PM.
The Clay Center will be closed for New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve.
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.
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.
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.