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An Important Note Regarding the Coronavirus Outbreak

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to progress, and without a clearly defined end to social-distancing restrictions, the challenges and risks of offering a safe theatre experience have become increasingly difficult.  After much consideration, Smithsonian leadership feels it would be difficult for us to offer viable in-person programs for the next few months. Therefore, we are announcing that all Discovery Theater on-site performances scheduled through July 31st have been cancelled. 

All ticket holders will be notified of cancellations and we will process credits/refunds as soon as possible.  All group reservations will be cancelled.

We hope to welcome everyone back to Discovery Theater in the 20-21 School Year and we plan to announce our Season in early August.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

To check out our Digital Resources, please visit discoverytheater.org/digitalresources.

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