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Directions & Parking
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 Smithsonian metro stop. At the top of the escalator, look to your right and you will be able to see the Ripley Center kiosk next to the Smithsonian Castle.
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 past the Hirshhorn Museum, the Arts & Industry Building, and the Smithsonian Castle. The Ripley Center will be the next building on your left, immediately after the Castle.
DC Public Schools Ride Metro for Free
Mayor Muriel Bowser established and championed the Kids Ride Free transit subsidy program to ensure that enrolled District students who are also District residents can get to school and school-related activities for free. DC students can enroll in “Kids Ride Free” and take metro bus, rail, or DC Circulator for no cost to school-related activities (including field trips). Discovery Theater is close to many Metro bus routes and is just steps from The Smithsonian Metro rail stop. For more information and program guidelines, please visit: https://ddot.dc.gov/page/kids-ride-free-program.
Parking on the National Mall
On-street parking for cars and vans on Jefferson and Madison Drives on the National Mall is limited and the metered 3-hour regulations are enforced. We recommend downloading the ParkMobile App to pay for parking at these spaces. Please pay close attention to signs as some streets only allow parking at certain times.
Parking is also available in nearby commercial lots and garages. Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.
National Mall Map & Other Ways to Get Here
To download a map of the National Mall, please visit: https://www.si.edu/visit/maps. On this page, you will also find links to information for the DC Metro Rail & Bus, the DC Circulator Bus, Capital Bikeshare, the location of bike racks, and more.