There is limited free parking on the National Mall. Mall parking is under
the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Available spaces fill quickly,
especially during the summer and over holidays. There are designated accessible
spaces in front of the major museums; however, these are standard curb spaces
on the left side of one-way streets. There is also an accessible passenger
loading zone in front of the S. Dillon Ripley Center (Mall entrance). The
closest parking garage with accessible spaces is Colonial Parking in Capital
Gallery (6th and Maryland Avenue., SW).
If you would like to have a sign language, oral, or cued speech interpreter
or Realtime captioning for a Discovery Theater program, you should call
at least two weeks in advance of the program you plan to attend. Please
call us at 202-633-8700 or email DTinfo@si.edu and
let us know what you need. Be specific. For example, if you want an ASL
interpreter rather than a PSE or Signed English interpreter, be sure to
tell us that information. We do not have interpreters on our staff. We must
hire them from agencies so we need advance notice of requests.
If you want other accommodations, such as audio description,
reader services, alternative formats of publications, assistive listening
systems, or any other services, please contact us and place your request
at least two weeks before the event.
You may contact The Smithsonian Associate's for any questions about Discovery
Theater programs at 202-633-9467. You may also call 202-357-1729 for
The S. Dillon Ripley Center has wheelchairs that can be borrowed, free of
charge, for use within the facility. The wheelchairs, which are all manually
operated, cannot be taken outside of the S. Dillon Ripley Center. The wheelchairs
are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To borrow a wheelchair,
please go to the Security desk upon entering the Ripley Center. You
will be asked to leave identification until you return the wheelchair.
Service Animals and Scooters:
animals and power scooters are allowed in all Smithsonian Museums. If
attending a Discovery Theatre program with a service animal, please notify
us in advance, if possible.
Discovery Theater welcomes individuals in wheelchairs and will provide
sign language and audio description (upon request) with two (2) weeks
notice. Call 202-633-8700 to speak to Discovery Theater staff, or email
us at DTinfo@si.edu, to request this service.