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Washington Pavilion

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Address: 301 South Main Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone Number: +1 605-367-7397
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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Wed 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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About UsThe mission of the Washington Pavilion of Arts and Science is to...

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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Kirby Science Discovery Center Great for Kids

We took two small children to this museum and had a great time. There is a room for children age 7 and under which was where they both had the most fun. There even was an area for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 3, 2016
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Aberdeen, SD
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Aberdeen, SD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

We took two small children to this museum and had a great time. There is a room for children age 7 and under which was where they both had the most fun. There even was an area for children under the age of 1. However, there were some children in the room who were older than 7 and a couple... More 

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Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Historic building in downtown souix falls only about 5 blocks from downtown holiday inn. Many floors of various exhibits and many different entertainment options.

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Crestview, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

This venue is mostly for young kids. The "Science Museum" is 3 floors of children's hands on exhibits. The day of our visit there were 6 bus loads of students, so even if you brought children I don't know that they would have fun since there were already so many kids (200+) and many exhibits were broken. Although we paid... More 

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WashPav, Marketing Specialist at Washington Pavilion, responded to this review

Mike, thank you for visiting the Washington Pavilion. We are sorry to hear you are disappointed with your experience. The day you were here we were very active with school groups and a few sold out show times for our mission films. We understand your schedule may not have allowed you to return for the next available show time. If... More 

Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Very deceiving from the outside, and quite different and well rounded inside, has everything, certainly worth looking into, when your in town. Something for everyone..

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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

If your staying at a Hotel I suggest the Ramkota Best Western with a FREE shuttle ride to this venue.Walk downtown after the event and enjoy a variety of food and drink options.Really not a bad seat at the Pavilion but my choice is the side seating because of the easy access to a bathroom break or to get a... More 

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Pierre, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

Having attended several conferences here over the past years, as well as several shows, I've always had a wonderful experience at the Washington Pavilion. There is local student art that graces the interior, and other fascinating things to experience and view. The Pavilion is also home to the Kirby Science Discovery Center ($$), Visual Arts Center (free), Cinedome ($), an... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Saturday afternoon in early April. Our almost 3 year old had a great time! Some of the exhibits were a little beyond his age range, which we expected. Still, there was plenty for him to do and see. There was an exhibit the consisted of a huge network of tubes and gears that you put plastic... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

We have gone to same incredible concerts at the Pavilion it is so nice and I don't think there is a bad seat in the house.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

We visited the science center with our 3 year old on a weekday afternoon. She had a ton of fun! There are lots of hands-on displays and learning opportunities. Some of her favorites were the piano you play with your feet, the water activities, and the huge ball machine. My husband and I also had a lot of fun, so... More 

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Presho, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2016

We have attended several performances at the Washington Pavilion. What an excellent venue! I don't think there is a bad seat in the house. The seating is even roomy enough to be able to walk down the row in front of people. The shows are always professionally done. Everything about the Washington Pavilion from the ticket sales, to wine sales,... More 

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