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Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences

1 Clay Square
Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, 25301

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences
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The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences is a facility dedicated to promoting performing arts, visual arts, and the sciences. All three being housed under one roof makes the Clay Center one of the few of its kind in the United States.
The Clay Center is named for West Virginia philanthropists Buckner and Lyell Clay of the Clay Foundation. Construction began in 1999. It opened on July 12, 2003, and is one of the most ambitious economic, cultural and educational undertakings in West Virginia history.

The Clay Center is currently the home to Avampato Discovery Museum and the West Virginia Symphony.

Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences Categories

  • Art Museums and Galleries

    The Avampato Discovery Museum is part of the Clay Center. It's art gallery features selections from its permanent collections and traveling exhibitions.
  • Entertainment Venues

    The Clay Center houses the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, an 1,883-seat theater with exceptional acoustics and sight lines and The Walker Theater, a black-box venue.
  • Science Museums and Planetariums

    The Clay Center complex includes the Avampato Discovery Museum, which features two floors of interactive science exhibits and an art gallery.
  • Theaters

    Inside the Clay Center is The Walker Theater, a black-box theater which can accommodate between 150 200 people depending upon the set-up.

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Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences


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