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The Clay Center For The Arts and Sciences was established and named after the Clay brothers and generous contributors, Buckner and Lyell Clay under the Clay Foundation. It was constructed in 1999 and opened to the public in 2003. Located in Charleston, West Virginia, it is a 240,000 square feet multi-functional building for the visual arts, performing arts and science. This type of museum and venue is rare in the U.S.

You will find the Avampato Discovery Museum in the Clay Center. This is the art and science museum that replaced the first of its kind in Charleston, the Sunrise Museum. It consists of 2 levels of art exhibits and interactive science displays. The Clay Center is also the home of the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Electric Sky Theatre which serves as the center?s planetarium.
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