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Clay Center, Charleston

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Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Art Museum
The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston, West Virginia, US is a 240,000-square-foot (22,000 m2) 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.

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  • My family comes here occasionally! My children really enjoy it! Their favorite part of the Clay Center is the water area! As a mother with two special need toddlers, this is a great place to come to.....  more »
  • Out family of 6 (4 kids from 7 -13) has visited a number of hands on museums. This was one of if not the best ever. When you factor in the affordable price and limited number of guests right now...  more »
  • Cool museum especially for kids. Great interactive exhibits that were fun and different from other museums. My town and music areas were our kids favorites.
  • I used to go to the clay center all the time as a kid. The science museum used to be fun for all ages with lots of stuff to do and see. It's a lot smaller now and less to do. The waterworks area was over run with small children and it was too crowded to actually do anything but watch other kids splash around. The measuring room was interesting but It was more for children around the age where they know numbers. The "town" on the bottom floor was cute but it only has enough stuff to distract a 5 yr old for so long. And then the anatomy area. It seemed more like it was mostly for teenagers because a 5year old doesn't care how fast their heart is beating and they don't seem to care much about anatomy. The music area was fun and the kids seemed to enjoy it. There used to be a whole room full of interesting things that could keep kids busy for hours and it was pretty cool but when they remodeled they took it out. Like the big wall that was a magnet. Or the thing with lasers and mirrors that if you lined them up correctly it would rain. It isn't what it used to be and I don't think it was worth the money because the kids I had with me got bored kinda quick. The planetarium show was in my opinion the most interesting thing.

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