We are thrilled to announce that the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences will be opening the doors to the Avampato Discovery Museum, Juliet Art Museum and Caperton Planetarium and Theater! Our team is excited to reopen in a safe way so we can provide much needed respite for our patrons. We cannot wait to see your smiling faces and to safely learn and explore together!
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.
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. . 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
Clay Center museums are open to the public by reservation only. Museum hours are Friday/Saturday 10:00AM – 12:30PM & 1:30PM – 4:00PM and Sunday 1:00PM – 4:00PM. Learn more and make your reservations here: https://www.theclaycenter.org/covid19
The Clay Center will be closed for New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Our current dining offerings include hot and cold vending options including grab-and-go fresh fruit, salads, sandwiches, chips and candy, as well as coffee and soda. Watch for new dining options in the future!
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.