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“Remembering my high school days.” 5 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
+1 605-367-7397
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Ranked #6 of 61 things to do in Sioux Falls
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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.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“Remembering my high school days.”
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.

Visited September 2013
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“Great place”
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.

Visited May 2014
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Wabasha, Minnesota
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“What A Gem. ....”
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. Stunning! There were plenty of smaller galleries and they housed a show of exquisite and artistic quilts, which were really sewn 'paintings' . A super facility with welcoming staff and quality exhibits. Well worth $10.

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Watertown, South Dakota
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“Fun for kids”
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

Visited May 2014
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“The Pavilion”
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.

Visited May 2013
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