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Smithsonian's Discovery Theater

A Children's Theatre in Washington, DC


Smithsonian's Discovery Theater
© Discovery Theater

The Smithsonian's Discovery Theater is a live theater geared towards children. Classic stories and folktales are told through puppet shows, storytellers, dancers, actors, musicians, and mimes. Performances are open to the public. Advance reservations may be arranged for school groups, youth organizations, and families with children.

The Discovery Theater also presents shows at The Round House Theater in Silver Spring, MD and Baird Auditorium in the Natural History Museum.


Discovery Theater is located on the 3rd level of the S. Dillon Ripley Center, located at 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, on the National Mall, adjacent to the Smithsonian Castle.

The closest metro station is the Smithsonian on the Orange and Blue line and L'Enfant Plaza stop on the Yellow and Green line.


All shows are Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. 


Tickets are $6 per adult, $5 per child and $4 for Smithsonian Resident members. You may purchase tickets in advance by calling (202) 633-8700.

Website: discoverytheater.org

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