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 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 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

In 2015 Mayor Muriel Bowser 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 public transportation 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.

DC Public School 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). Please review NEW guidelines for the 2018-2019 School Year. Visit for more information.

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. For more details, call Metro at 202-637-7000 (voice), 202-638-3780 (TTY), or visit Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's web site.

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's web site 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.

Map of Parking Facilities

View a map of parking facilities. 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.