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Clay Center Offering Pay What You Wish Family Fun

Reported: Jan. 20, 2014 11:26 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 20, 2014 12:54 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- The Clay Center is opening its doors to help those who were affected by the water crisis.

Clay Center officials said in a news release that the pay what you wish for family fun offering runs from Jan. 18 through Feb. 14. Because of the recent water crisis and ongoing museum renovations, the center is suspending its regular museum gallery admission prices as a gift to patrons.

"This is our way of giving something positive and enjoyable to our community after the stressful week everyone has had," said Judy Wellington, Clay Center president and chief executive officer. "With a new exhibit opening next weekend and more exciting changes on the way, it's the perfect time to play and learn at the Clay Center."

"Brain Teasers 2," an interactive exhibit featuring puzzles, illusions and games of strategy, will open Sunday, Jan. 25, in the Mylan Explore-atory science gallery, which hosts limited-time exhibitions throughout the year.

New eco-friendly LED lighting, which will provide a better viewing experience for visitors and help with art conservation, is currently being installed in the art gallery. The gallery will reopen Feb. 15 with "Gallery Divided II: A head-to-head matchup between Marshall and WVU art faculty" and "Every Living Thing: A Closer Look at Nature."

The Center's Gizmo Factory science gallery will close Monday, Jan. 20, to be transformed into a new gallery called STEAMworks. Featuring exhibits that include elements of science, technology, engineering, art and math, the reimaged space will open in late March with the timely traveling exhibit "RiverWorks Discovery: A Journey of Imagination and Exploration on America's Waterways."

In lieu of gallery admission, donations are being accepted to support the Clay Center's mission of inspiring creativity, learning and wonder through experiences in the arts and sciences, such as those provided by the upcoming exhibits.

Regular museum gallery admission is $6 for children and $7.50 for adults, and always free for members. For more information on all Clay Center exhibits and programs, visit here or call 304-561-3570.



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