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Field Trips

The Washington Pavilion is the perfect destination for your next field trip. Our trained staff can help you select from our numerous engaging and inspiring exhibits, performances, art and science programs and large format films in order to supplement your curriculum and fulfill content standards. Teachers and classes are invited to create their own experience from the many educational opportunities offered at the Washington Pavilion, including:

Free Interactive Museum Tours to explore our beautiful, ever-changing art exhibits in the
Visual Arts Center

The opportunity to experience sculpture up close in the recently renovated
Paladino Hohm Sculpture Garden 

A newly launched exhibition in the Kirby Science Discovery Center:
Space: An Out-of-this-World Experience, presented in English and Spanish text

An engaging new Science Demonstration for school groups visiting the Kirby Science Discovery Center
New films in the Wells Fargo CineDome that will excite students of all ages

For more information on programs for school groups, please see our Field Trip Planning Guide below.


Field Trip Planning Guide

Group Request Form


2017 Washington Pavilion Teacher Circle

The Washington Pavilion Teacher Circle provides a unique professional development opportunity for regional educators in the area of STEAM integration. In addition to presentations and interactive workshops led by experts in the field, teacher participants will be given time to collaborate with other passionate educators from the region to create innovative learning experiences for students.

For details regarding the Washington Pavilion Teacher Circle program, contact us at CLC@washingtonpavilion.org.

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (MA-11-16-0121-16). 

Student Matinees

Our Husby Performing Arts Center offers great opportunities throughout the year for students to attend performances during the day. Expand your field trip experience with a fun and educational theatre performance!


MAR. 16, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Recommended for Grades Pre-K – 2
BROWN BEAR, BROWN BEAR AND OTHER TREASURED STORIES BY ERIC CARLE brings together old favorites and new friends in an imaginative production that has delighted children all over the world. Young audiences will be inspired as Carle’s beloved pages come to life on the stage in this colorful production showcasing three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Papa Please Get The Moon For Me.” Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and larger-than-life puppetry, this inspiring production is produced by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
Approximately 60 minutes in length.
Curriculum Connections: Reading and Language Arts | Communication | Storytelling | Animals
Classroom connections: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” | “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” | “Papa Please Get The Moon For Me”


APR. 5, 2017 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. | Recommended for Grades K – 6

When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Along the way, the two girls encounter a number of extraordinary situations designed to test their kindness, compassion and strength of spirit. Told with authentic African drumming, colorful staging and powerful choreography, MUFARO’S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS unmasks the true meaning of beauty and celebrates the mystery and splendor of the African continent.
Adapted for the Stage by Karen Abbott | Music & Lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa
Approximately 50 minutes in length.
Curriculum Connections: History | African Culture | Literacy
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Connie & Mick McDowell Family Matinee Series, The Fay Wheeldon and Ruby Wheeldon Merry Endowment

Other Student Opportunities

Get your students involved in our annual Design Challenge or Science Fair Showcase! Both are free of charge, and it is a great opportunity to work on teamwork, critical thinking, the engineering design process and scientific method.

Arrange Your Visit

To learn more about our services or to make your group reservation, contact group services at:
605-367-7397 ext. 2351
Toll free 1-877-927-4728 ext. 2351

Download bus parking map for groups here.

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