Tourism in West Virginia doesn’t stop at the natural attractions. The turbulent history, host of memorials, and varying artists decorate museums across the state. Among many worthy attractions, the Clay Center for Arts and Sciences of West Virginia in Charleston stands front and center for you to cross off of your list.

Ashton’s Climbing Sculpture will likely be one of the first things you see. Standing at around 70 feet, the sculpture is open for climbing and is an informational exhibit that provides an easy means of kick-starting your Clay Center visit. 

If you’re taking the little ones with you, the Caperton Planetarium & Theater appeals to any age. The theater has a set schedule, with different showings every hour. You can learn about West Virginia history, see outer space, watch killer whales in 3D,  or attend a variety of other showings depending on the time.

The Juliet Art Museum has more than 1,000 works on routine display. From century-old paintings to pop culture sketches and sculptures, the museum’s collection focuses primarily on West Virginia artists and pieces, making the scene original.  

You can also see live performances at the Clay Center. The center has a full calendar, hosting plays, bands, and even comedians. Catch a show next weekend, Friday, February 28, with Erin & The Wildfire.

The Maier Foundation Music Studio easily tops off the variety in this list. You can make music at the recording studio even if you have no previous musical experience—or tinker with the instrument collection, ranging from common to bizarre and rare. This studio awards you listening and learning that is representative of the essence the Clay Center brings to the Mountain State.


image courtesy of The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia

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Damon Rouse
Written by Damon Rouse
Damon is an undergraduate at West Virginia University studying professional writing and editing. As a Wheeling, West Virginia native and an aspiring creative writer, he is interning with New South Media in the spring 2020 semester to hone his craft. If he isn’t at the library writing and revising short stories, he finds joy in instructing Muay Thai for the university, playing video games, or exploring the natural beauties West Virginia has to offer. Outside of the academic and professional world, he is the proud older brother of twelve siblings.