Summer 2023 at Discovery Theater

In-person performances are returning this summer! Plan a day at the Smithsonian for your campers that starts with a show at Discovery Theater. With different offerings every week, you can come back all summer long! Performances are held in the Ripley Center, located on the National Mall and within walking distance to most Smithsonian museums and monuments.

Our Summer 2023 Lineup is below.  Click on the show title for more information.  We will begin taking group reservations on Monday, April 3rd.  Groups of 10 children or more must reserve by phone, as the group discount is not available online.  Please visit our Group Sales page for more information.  Individual tickets can be purchased online beginning April 3rd as well; just click the show title below and then select the date/time you wish to purchase for.  You will be redirected to a secure page on to checkout.

Tot Rock: Rainbow Rock Band 
(for younger audiences, Ages 2-7)

Wed.-Fri., June 28 – 30, 2023

Behind the Music with Jastin Artis
(for upper elementary + beyond, Grade 3 and up)
Wed.-Fri., July 5 – 7, 2023

The REMIX with SOLE Defined 
(for school-aged children + beyond, K and up)

Tues.-Fri., July 11 – 14, 2023

An Electromagnetic Adventure with the Science Guys of Baltimore 
(for school-aged children, K to Grade 6)
Tues.-Fri., July 18 – 21, 2023

(for school-aged children + beyond, K and up)

Tues.-Fri., July 25 – 28, 2023


Show Times & Length:
10:30 AM and 12:00 PM each day
Performances run 45-50 minutes in length

Tickets are $7.00 per person for groups of 10 people or more. Please visit our Group Sales page to read how to make a reservation, along with our payment and cancelation policies.

Theater Capacity:
Our capacity is 200 (including adults). If your group is larger than that, you will need to split up into multiple performance times or come on separate days.

Note about Lunch:
We do not have a space for groups to eat inside our building. Campers are allowed to bring in backpacks, lunches, and/or water bottles, however, there is no eating or drinking allowed in the theater or in the building. Please make plans to eat outside on the Mall, on the bus, or back at Camp. Groups can also purchase lunch at any of the museums with a cafeteria, but no outside food is allowed in those cafeterias.

For information about our COVID-19 protocols, please visit our Health & Safety page.