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Discovery Theater

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, S.W.

The Discovery Theater is located in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, next to the Castle and 100 yards east of the Smithsonian Metro station, Mall exit. The Center is underground and is accessed by entering the kiosk depicted in the photo, and taking the elevator down 3 floors.

Walk past the escalator and just past Smithsonian Associates offices, take the next corridor on the right to the Discovery Theater Box Office and entrance, or walk straight to another Discovery Theater entrance on the right.

Metrorail Directions

Smithsonian station, Orange/Blue/Silver Lines
Exit on the Mall. Walk south to Jefferson Drive and east to the S. Dillon Ripley Center.


Parking spaces may be available on Jefferson Drive on the Mall. Jefferson Drive is one-way from west to east.

There are no parking meters on Jefferson Drive. Please read the parking signs carefully should you choose to park on Jefferson Drive.