For Educators

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  
  • Hands-on, educational exhibitions in the Kirby Science Discovery Center, including 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 (PDF).

Classroom Connections

Access lesson plan resources to connect the Washington Pavilion to your classroom. Complete activities prior to your field trip, bring some of the materials with you for enhanced curriculum connections while at the museum or use these lessons as a follow-up once you have returned to your school.

Access Classroom Connections Lesson Plan Resources

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!

Student Matinee Sponsors 

Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, The Connie & Mick McDowell Family Matinee Series, The Fay Wheeldon and Ruby Wheeldon Merry Endowment

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

Institute of Museum and Library Services logo

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

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 Field Trips / Group Visits, fill out a Group Request Form (PDF), or call us at 605-367-7397 ext. 2351 or toll free 1-877-927-4728 ext. 2351