2772 Pennsylvania Ave.
Charleston, WV 25302
Phone: (304) 345-5111
Fax: (304) 344-5150
Arts & Museums
Home to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the 240,000 square foot Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences includes the Maier Foundation Performance Hall, an 1,883-seat theater; Walker Theater, a black-box theater; and the state-of-the-art Avampato Discovery Museum which features two floors of interactive science exhibits, an art gallery featuring permanent collections and traveling exhibitions, The ElectricSky
Explore two floors of interactive science exhibits that are sure to entertain the whole family while at this science museum. The Gizmo Factory is made up of more than 30 exhibits exploring physical science with a particular emphasis on creativity and engineering; sound, light and color; and energy and magnetism. Milton Gardner
Heritage Towers "provides a series of exhibits, lectures, concerts, cultural celebrations, festivals and programs designed to preserve the past and strengthen the future." Heritage Towers is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The West Virginia State Museum like all other museums seeks to disseminate, collect, preserve, nourish and exhibit artifacts, and it has done just that with great gusto this far! Touching upon almost all aspects of the lives of West Virginia's folks over the ages, expect to encounter some great displays related to history, paleontology, archaeology, art and geology. A wonderful time is guaranteed at this classy museum.
The West Virginia Cultural Center showcases West Virginia's artistic, cultural and historic heritage. The Cultural Center houses the offices of the Commission on the Arts, the State Historic Preservation Office, State Museum, State Archives, and other administrative staff. The Cultural Center is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and on Sunday noon to 6:00 p.m. The Archives and History Library is closed on Sunday.
Spread over 240,000 sq. ft, the Clay Center For The Arts & Sciences West Virginia was opened in July 2003. Since it houses an arts and science center as well as a museum, it's fair to say that it is the cultural vein of the city of Charleston. The resident Intermezzo Cafe is a stylish and intimate space to sip some steaming hot coffee and munch on tidbits. Check website for more details on the science galleries, permanent collection and ongoing exhibitions.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this museum features high ceilings and tall windows making it one of West Virginia's most architecturally detailed depots. The museum is filled with railroad photos, artifacts, and displays.