60 Moments: Clay Center

It was an addition to Charleston's skyline that created an atmosphere of learning, fun and interaction.

A black tie event kicked things off at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences back in July 2003.

Inside, you'll find everything from a 19-hundred seat performance hall, to a science and art museum and planetarium.

WSAZ was also part of the excitement with its very own interactive weather center.

Since its opening, the Clay Center has been the home to the West Virginia Symphony and welcomed some star-studded guests.

"It's beautiful you can tell, it's exquisite," said Jay Holcomb during the grand opening. "Lots of detail lots of architecture. Very quality done, you can tell."

Low attendance has forced the Clay Center to make several changes and cutbacks since it opened, but things are looking much brighter this year with a nearly 50-percent increase in museum attendance.

Buckner Clay and his brother Lyell donated millions of dollars to the Clay Center which was later named after them.

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