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Washington Pavilion

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Address: 301 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6311
Phone Number: +1 605-367-7397
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

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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Mulit purpose venue with many events!

A key cultural institution located in the heart of Sioux Falls. Once a major high school it has been transformed in to a history, art and cultural center. Wide range of events and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Sioux City, Iowa
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Sioux City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A key cultural institution located in the heart of Sioux Falls. Once a major high school it has been transformed in to a history, art and cultural center. Wide range of events and a beautiful theater will keep you coming back. Check out their web page for much more information.

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South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Washington Pavilion does an excellent job of bringing in great touring Broadway show companies to perform with ticket prices being reasonable. We love taking the entire family to shows and find the location to be wonderful for finding dining prior to a show, or drinks after if it is an adult gathering.

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Hudson, SD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent facility. always clean and what a building. historic and beautiful enjoy all that is offered. well worth the trip to see this

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

We are fortunate to have such a wonderful space to watch,shows, concerts and more. The variety they bring to Sioux Falls is delightful, opportunities to see a wide variety of performances.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Visited the pavilion for a wedding. It was a great place. The theater was a great setting. The reception was held on the stage, as well as the dance. It made it feel very elegant, even though it was a very simple beautiful wedding.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

The science center has gone downhill for frequent visitors. If it is your 1st time it will still be ok, but if you have been there in the last 2 years don't bother - nothing has changed except less stuff works. They really need to do some updates and repairs, it is pretty sad. Last time we went many things... More 

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

Tasia, thank you for recently visiting the Washington Pavilion. We appreciate your feedback as we always strive to offer our guests the best possible experience. Our science center has been closed for the installation of a brand new exhibition on our 2nd floor: “Space: An Out-of-this-World Experience.” If you’re in town, we invite you to join us this weekend, August... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

This building was a High School before they built a new school on the east side. There great educational information in the building. They hold concerts in the main hall and preforming arts. special area for the children to learn about science and Sioux falls. A great attraction for all ages.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

The Washington Pavilion is an historic building. There is three floors of hands-on science exhibits for kids of all ages. The gift shop is nice. There is also a Cinedome and a free art section. There is a small theater for plays and concerts. Definitely a fun place. Volunteers and staff are friendly and helpful.

Thank KSTravers
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Washington Pavilion has something for all ages to enjoy. The theatre is awesome 3D. If your into science this is the place for you to take your kids, You will be amazed at what is there.

Thank Dennis L M
Hull, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

The pavilion has a lot of static exhibits that change from time to time. there is also the big screen to watch movies and documentaries on. Watch for special off broadway events also!

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