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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
Today
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Wed 09:30 - 17:00
Thu - Sat 09:30 - 20:00
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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Meal and show

the convention center was convenient and easily navigated. the meal was good. the space display was amazing.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

the convention center was convenient and easily navigated. the meal was good. the space display was amazing.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we were there to watch my son perform in honor choir. we enjoyed it and the seats were comfortable. had a good time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the Pavillion greatly. We saw an Imax-like movie about the US National Parks, great experience. The science center is exceptional, great destination for a family with kids.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

was there mainly for the kirby science area, great activities for the kids, four floors of exhibits that were very interesting. the admission price was expensive. at least had an area to hang your coats.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw a show here and it was a good experience and then the area for the kids was good and the kids had lots of fun.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure that you allow 2-3 hours. The Christmas Movie that we saw was dump...according to my kids...16, 11, 7. There are some new things to see and do. Not sure why the visual arts part is even there.

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WashPav, Manager at Washington Pavilion, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Washington Pavilion. We appreciate your feedback as we always strive to offer our guests the best possible experience. Please contact our Patron Services Director if you wish to discuss this further at 605-367-7397 or 877-WASH PAV. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family loves the Pavilion. They offer a fabulous Science Center, Cinedome theatre, Art Gallery, and grand stage that hosts wonderful musical performances and plays. The Pavilion is also home to one of the best-kept secrets in the preschool arena...the Graham Academy. Check it out! The Pavilion never disappoints.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

If you have not ever taken in the Christmas Holiday Concert by the SD Symphony Orchestra, you are missing out on one of the year's most spectacular performances. Held at the beautiful Washington Pavilion and paired with an 80+ member chorus, the performance was a spectacle to behold. There is not a bad seat in the house and the acoustics... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

I have taken my children and large groups of youth to this facility over the years. Its always been a treat! Students and my children have always loved it. We always hit up a movie and sometimes dine in the café. I was a little disappointed this last time, I think they need some upgrades, maintenance needs to be fixing... More 

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WashPav, Manager at Washington Pavilion, responded to this review

Sarah, thank you for recently returning for another visit to the Washington Pavilion. We appreciate your feedback as we always strive to offer our guests the best possible experience. Please contact our Patron Services Director if you wish to discuss this further at 605-367-7397 or 877-WASH PAV. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

We have gone here for a play, we saw Beauty and the Beast live, and we have gone here for a day at the kids museum. Both were great experiences. We stopped in to the kids museum and played for a few hours and it was interesting for adults and children alike.

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