Directions & Parking

S. Dillon Ripley Center

The Ripley Center

The Ripley Center, located at 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, on the National Mall, is metro accessible.  View a map.

From the Smithsonian Metro stop:
Use the ‘The Mall’ exit from the Metro and you will be able to see the Ripley Center, next to the Smithsonian Castle upon reaching the top of the escalator.  It will be straight ahead on your right.

From L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop:
Use the 7th and Maryland Ave. exit from the station.  Walk north on 7th Street to Jefferson Drive.  Turn left on Jefferson Drive.  Walk in past the Hirshorn Museum, the Arts & Industry Building, and the Smithsonian Castle.  The Ripley Center will be the next building on your left, immediately after the Castle.

For All Other Locations:

Please visit our Show Locations pages for the address of all the locations we are currently performing at.  Make sure you check the location of your performance before coming down!


DC Public Schools Ride Metro for Free

New for the 2015-2016 school year, Mayor Muriel Bowser has expanded the school transit program for DC public school and public charter school students to include the Kids Ride Free on Rail program, which permits eligible students to use Metrorail to get to and from school and school-related events for free.  Discovery Theater is close to many Metro bus routes and is just steps from The Smithsonian metro rail stop.

The Kids Ride Free on Rail pass is valid for the entire school term as long as the student is a District resident and enrolled in public school. Enrolling in the Kids Ride Free on Rail program does not impact or limit the bus services available through the Kids Ride Free on Bus program. Eligible students can participate in both programs.  For more information about the program and how to enroll, please visit:


Parking on the National Mall

At Smithsonian museums: The Smithsonian Institution does not operate any commercial parking facilities; however, there are numerous commercial parking lots and garages located within several blocks of the museums. Parking is available for a fee at the Zoo.  For details, contact Smithsonian Information: 202-633-1000 voice/tape or 202-633-5285 TTY. E-mail:

Near Smithsonian Museums:  On-street parking in Washington, D.C., is very limited; the use of public transportation—Metrobus, Metrorail, D.C. Circulator, etc.—is highly recommended. Several Metrorail stations offer parking; call Metro for details 202-637-7000 (voice) or 202-638-3780 (TTY) or go online to

Starting June 12, 2017, the National Park Service will implement metered parking around the National Mall. There will no longer be free, 3-hour parking on Jefferson and Madison Drives, SW. Please check the National Parks Service website for additional information. Metered parking is also available on the streets surrounding the Mall and throughout the city; time limit varies by street.

School buses can pull over on the National Mall but the driver MUST remain with the vehicle at all times.  Smaller buses/vans can use street parking.

For a Map of Parking Facilities, please visit:  Please note this information is subject to change without notice. The parking information is provided for your convenience and does not constitute an endorsement by the Smithsonian.