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A Message from Smithsonian Associates

Due to the government shutdown our offices in the S. Dillon Ripley Center are closed. Tickets can still be purchased online, or call us at 202-633-8700 for Group Sales. Our staff will be available to answer questions and assist you with your purchases during the shutdown.

Should the shutdown continue and affect our scheduled performances, we will make every effort to relocate or reschedule them. All ticket holders will be notified by email and phone of any shutdown-related program changes and regular updates will be posted here.

Teachers & Parents! Discovery Theater is your source for live performances that celebrate the rich diversity of our region and our world. Each season we tap into the vast resources of the Smithsonian Institution to present relevant, culturally accurate entertaining programs. Bring your young people to Discovery Theater to experience heritage, science and culture in a memorable way.


Generous support for Discovery Theater is provided by:

  • D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
  • DC Public Schools
  • The Nora Roberts Foundation
  • Philip L. Graham Fund
  • PNC Foundation
  • Smithsonian Women's Committee
  • Smithsonian Youth Access Grants Program
  • Sommer Endowment