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Washington Pavilion

301 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6311
+1 605-367-7397
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What a fun place!

We have been to concerts and plays here, always a great show. Mary Sommervold hall is just a nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lezli K
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Fun and educational!!

Spent a wonderfully fun day! There are many interactive science exhibits. Activities are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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“visual arts” (6 reviews)
“imax theater” (5 reviews)
Opens in 19 min
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
301 S Main Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6311
+1 605-367-7397
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been to concerts and plays here, always a great show. Mary Sommervold hall is just a nice place to watch either. The Imax theature is really fun to watch a movie and they have several options. The interactive museum is something my grandchildren...More

Thank Lezli K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a wonderfully fun day! There are many interactive science exhibits. Activities are available for a range of age groups. Some are in-depth and others are just fun. The website describes exhibits accurately. We found parking in a nearby public lot for $3.00 for the...More

Thank Eliana18
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went specifically to see the exhibit "Above the Fold: New Expressions in Origami" which I thoroughly enjoyed. Our 8 year old became more engaged in the visit by doing the scavenger hunt for a small prize.

Thank SusannaCreek
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

LOVED the Discovery Center!! We had an unplanned extra day in Sioux Falls and a family member recommended this place. Probably best for school age children, but there is a specific area for little ones under 7. Spent a solid 3-4 hours there. Very clean...More

Thank mommyp3
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls houses, among other things, a theater, a visual art center and a hands-on science discovery area for kids. I'm retired, but a kid at heart, and I especially love this discovery center, it is so much fun! And I...More

Thank Carolyn S
Reviewed 9 July 2017

There are many different things to do here for sure. There are art exhibits, usually FREE. They hold everything from concerts, events, weddings and theater preformances in the main autitorium. It is beautiful. There is a small cafe that is fun along with an interactive...More

Thank Motherof5Girls
Reviewed 28 May 2017

It was 4 floors of excitement. My grandchildren were busy doing all of the activities. It was fun day.

Thank Jorga G
Reviewed 15 May 2017

The pavilion is very nice, with a great variety of things to do. Children will really enjoy learning new things,and watching movies. we have been to musicals and concerts here.

Thank lauriann1964
Reviewed 7 May 2017

My grandkids never tire of going to the exhibits at the Washington Pavilion when they come to Sioux Falls - always seems to be something new and different for them to see and do

Thank Helen D
Reviewed 10 April 2017

There are so many hands-on exhibits for children. They especially enjoyed the wind machine and the astronaut center. The climbing wall was also a hit. We also viewed a cinema about robots which was fascinating to the youngest child with us as well as we...More

Thank MP2107
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Karissa F
2 April 2017|
Response from Beth B | Reviewed this property |
The pavillion is a concert hall, so it would depend on the performance attended. You'd have to look at specific concert sales.
Anne C
14 July 2015|
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Response from Rhonda G | Reviewed this property |
I think any age would enjoy. Downtown buildings themselves are amazing. Also the Falls area is great for all ages and your boys would love it!
12 May 2015|
Response from WashPav | Property representative |
Hi there! Unfortunately, our Visual Arts Center and Kirby Science Discovery Center close at 5 p.m. today. However, if you are swinging by Sioux Falls on your way back, we would definitely encourage you to check out the... More