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“Was a great family time.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science

Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science
301 South Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-367-6000
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Ranked #7 of 30 Attractions in Sioux Falls
Type: Museums
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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.
Willmar, Minnesota
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“Was a great family time.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

We had a great time here I was very impressed at the price it was very reasonable and well worth the small amount that included the omni theatre as well as the museum. The woman at the ticket box was so great and helpful and went above and beyond to help us and was passionate about the museum. We have taken the children to other museums and this one had a refreshing variety of neat interactive learning activities. Anything from a hot air balloon to hang gliding but the best was the bee hive that the bees entered from the outside, so cool!

Visited August 2013
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“A must see for the curious child in all of us.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

I am so amazed with the experience I had here. So much to see. From artwork to science experiments to the fantastic experience the Wells Fargo cinedome provided. What a well rounded collection of oddities, history, present and future. Truely well thought out and executed museum / gallery / cinema / history / entertainment and science center. If you have children or are just curious to learn and see more this is a must see on your visit to Sioux Falls.

Visited December 2013
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Thames Coast
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“Great venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Saw the South Dakota Symphony's Christmas performance here recently, and it was great. Very good acoustics and very comfortable seating. Last year went to the Andy Warhol exhibit. Great venue.

Visited December 2013
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“Inside needs some TLC. Hopefully the work a little harder to keep this one of Sioux Falls' shining gems”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

WP is an amazing place. It's hard to believe it used to be a high school. It's easy to find and easy to get to. There is plenty of parking nearby. If you are going to a small event, there is plenty of parking on the streets. If there is going to be a large crowd, there is a parking garage right across the street. The only thing I didn't like is there is some very noticeable wear on the inside. Corners of walls have been banged into and the drywall is chipped off. It makes the place look a little shabby.

Visited September 2013
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“It used to be a High School”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Especially interesting to those who attended Washington HS up until 1992. There is an "Alumni Hall" upstairs with a restored classroom, and even the "fight song" can be heard.

Visited September 2013
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