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Washington Pavilion


PIERRE, S.D. – With its exceptional medley of education, adventure, and art exhibits and centers, the Washington Pavilion, located in downtown Sioux Falls, is a diverse attraction that should be experienced first-hand. The Pavilion’s mission is to “educate, entertain, inspire and enrich the community by making art and science part of our lives” and it accomplishes this goal with resounding success.

South Dakota visitors and locals alike are encouraged to visit this South Dakota “Great Place.” They may wish to take advantage of its Free First Friday program, which offers free admission to everyone who visits the Kirby Science Center and Visual Arts Center on the first Friday of every month.

The Pavilion is composed of three centers: the Visual Arts Center, the Husby Performing Arts Center, and the Kirby Science and Discovery Center. Additionally, the Wells Fargo CineDome is located on the premises.

The Visual Arts Center contains several changing exhibits. Currently on display are “Journey Women II: Shrine. Altar. Box,” which is a continuation of a previous exhibit at the Center. “Beauty in the Beast” explores the interpretation of prairie storms. “Doodle 4 Google” is an opportunity for students to re-design the Google logo for a chance to win a scholarship and The Visual Art Student Exhibition, “Off the Fridge,” showcases the artwork of area students. “Angela Behrends: Front,” is a display of sculptural works that combine found objects and hand-crafted originals. Additionally, there is a Children’s Studio and a variety of events are held throughout the year at the Visual Arts Center.

The Husby Performing Arts Center contains both the 1,800-seat Great Hall and the 291-seat Belbas Theater. The South Dakota Symphony makes its home at the Great Hall, as do other regional arts associations. The Husby Performing Arts Center is a cutting-edge venue that has hosted performers such as Dolly Parton, Jerry Seinfeld and Elvis Costello.

Adults and children alike will be intrigued and entranced by the exhibits at the Kirby Science Center. With more than 100 interactive science exhibits, visitors are guaranteed an inspired learning experience. Visitors are also encouraged to visit the Pavilion’s website for specials and programs available throughout the year.

Film enthusiasts will be thrilled to discover the spectacular viewing experiences available at the Wells Fargo CineDome, which shows educational adventure films on its 60-foot domed screen. This summer, check out “Wired to Win,” with its live footage of the Tour de France, and “Sharks,” a Jean Michael Cousteau project that features up-close encounters with the legendary creatures.


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