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Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science

301 South Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
+1 605-367-7397
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Ranked #6 of 21 Attractions in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Owner description: About UsThe mission of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science is to educate, entertain...
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: About UsThe mission of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science is to educate, entertain, inspire, and enrich the community by making arts and science part of our lives. Our vision is to be the region’s premier arts and cultural institution and a national model for multifaceted, community-based institutions.The Washington Pavilion is the region’s home for the arts, entertainment and science. Located in a beautifully renovated historic building in downtown Sioux Falls, it is one of only a few facilities in the world to bring together under one roof the performing arts, visual arts, interactive science and educational opportunities.The Washington Pavilion makes art and science part of the daily lives of thousands of people with programming from Broadway tours to intimate chamber recitals in two state-of-the-art theaters in the Husby Performing Arts Center ; more than 100 hands-on interactive science exhibits and the newly renovated Wells Fargo CineDome in the Kirby Science Discovery Center; and regional and national exhibits ranging from noted South Dakota artists to Andy Warhol in the Visual Arts Center.The Washington Pavilion serves the community through several other important initiatives:• On the first Friday of every month, the Pavilion opens its doors free-of-charge, welcoming more than 8,000 guests throughout the year.• The Community Learning Center provides educational opportunities for all ages with a broad range of engaging arts and science classes, workshops and internships, and no-cost art experiences for at-risk youth and underserved populations weekly during the school year at multiple venues.• The Graham Academy Preschool offers a unique educational setting for ages 3–5 with need-based scholarships available.• The Dakota Academy of Performing Arts prepares adolescents and young adults students for professional-level music and theater performances.• The Events Department provides individuals, groups and businesses with affordable, one-of-a-kind space and services for weddings, conferences, meetings and social gatherings.• The Pavilion is also home to several cultural partners, including the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra , Junior League of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society , and South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Pavilion is the future site of the South Dakota African American History Museum.With the vast array of high quality programming and educational activities available at the Washington Pavilion, people of all ages and walks of life can rely upon the organization to entertain, inspire, educate and enrich. There is, indeed, something for everyone here.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We adore the Pavilion! Best place I. Sioux Falls with so much hands on experience you can spend all day in the science center. You can grab a newly released flick on the cindome or watch great features in nature history or sciences. They have scientific demonstrations daily and and art exhibits. You gotta go!

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WashingtonPavilion, Digital Marketing Specialist at Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, responded to this review

Hi Sassypantsfreckles, Thanks so much for the wonderful review of the Washington Pavilion! We love hearing about our patrons' experiences. If you're not already, feel free to follow us on our official Facebook page, where you'll always get the latest news and happenings at the Pavilion. Have a great day! Katie Digital Marketing Specialist More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This place has everything: arts, science, entertainment, educational opportunities for kids and adults, and a wonderful preschool. It's a beautiful facility in the heart of Sioux Falls!

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WashingtonPavilion, Digital Marketing Specialist at Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, responded to this review

Hi Mary6404, What a great summary of our facility! Thank you so much for taking time to post your thoughts here on Trip Advisor. We're glad you've had a positive experience with us. If you're not already, feel free to follow us on our official Facebook page, where you'll always get the latest news and happenings at the Pavilion. Have... More 

Springfield, Missouri
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12 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We toured the Pavilion because of a high school reunion we attended. Wow! This is a great place to bring your kids for science exhibits and interactive play. It also houses the South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The African American History museum of Sioux Falls, Art galleries, a terrific auditorium for concerts, and an alumni center for... More 

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WashingtonPavilion, Digital Marketing Specialist at Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science, responded to this review

Hi 2ndmomma, Thanks for sharing your experiences with the Washington Pavilion on Trip Advisor! We love hearing about our patron's experiences and what brought them to the Pavilion. You're right; much of our building exterior is made with Sioux Quartizite, which is two points below the hardness of a diamond. That's pretty tough. :) We hope to see you again... More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I went to the Pavillion to see The Cake Boss. They put on an excellent show and it was very entertaining. The seats were very comfortable and it was nice to see how accomadating they were for the handicapped.

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Emmetsburg, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

What a great place to visit and so much of interest to see and learn! Bring the kids but plan on learning a lot yourself!

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I love what the City fathers have done with this lovely stone building that I spent my high school days in long ago. A visit to this Pavillion of Arts and Science is truly an experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We had tickets to see the Jersey Boys at the Washington Pavilion. The theater is very lovely with comfortable seating.It was so nice to see how they have renovated this building. We didn't get to see any of the other parts of the pavilion so I would like to go there again.

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Wabasha, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I visited the visual arts museum with a friend as we had heard that there was an exhibition of Toulouse- Lautrec. Wow! How lucky for this facility to be able to hold a rarely seen collection. This place is impressive from the lobby upwards as there was a cascade of 4000 origami cranes taking up the area by the staircase.... More 

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Watertown, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This is great for kids but maybe not for teenagers. We go a few times a year and my kids never get sick of it

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The Pavilion has special art showings that are fun to go to. The Cinedome is fun to watch special showings just like an IMAX theater. The science center is fun even for adults.

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