Ripley Center, a part of the Smithsonian Institution, houses the Smithsonian International Gallery, Smithsonian Associates, the Discovery Theater and a small conference center and meeting rooms. Visitors enter the building from a copper domed kiosk between the Castle and the Freer Gallery of Art. Most of the facilities are underground in this unique setting.
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
The S. Dillon Ripley Center is located on the National Mall next to the Smithsonian Castle. The closest Metro station is Smithsonian. See a map of the National Mall.
Smithsonian International Gallery
The gallery features changing exhibitions from the Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibition Service, the National Portrait Gallery, and other Smithsonian museums.
Local residents can become resident members and participate in a variety of educational and cultural programs including lectures, performances, seminars, film screenings, and local tours.
Smithsonian Discovery Theater
The live children’s theater features classic stories and folktales told through puppet shows, storytellers, dancers, actors, musicians, and mimes. Performances are open to the public.
See also, A Guide to All of the Smithsonian Museums