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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 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.

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

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 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).  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:

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

There is limited, metered parking around the National Mall; time limits vary by street.  Please check the National Parks Service's web site for additional information.

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.