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  • We will begin taking group reservations for the 23-24 School Year on Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Individual tickets will also be available to purchase on this date.
  • Our Group Sales Office is currently only available Tues-Thurs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • To view our in-person offerings, please check out our What's Playing page.
  • All performances will take place in person; please double check your show location when purchasing tickets.
  • Before booking an in-person performance, please view our updated Group Sales Policy on our Group Sales page.
  • Join our team! We're always looking for Stage Managers, Actors, and Tour Managers! Please visit our Opportunities page to view current opportunities.

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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:

  • The Nora Roberts Foundation
  • Philip L. Graham Fund
  • Smithsonian Women's Committee
  • Smithsonian Youth Access Grants Program
  • Sommer Endowment