Smithsonian Discovery Theater

Washington, DC

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Address: 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20001, USA Number: 202-633-8700 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Founded in 1964 as The Smithsonian Puppet Theater, today the Smithsonian Discovery Theater is where kids can enjoy loads of different live children performances all geared towards them!

Here, they can enjoy the thrill of live entertainment, where the stories come to life right in front of their very eyes! The shows encompass a range of entertainment, from acting, musicians, mime, puppet shows - you name it - it's a great idea for a family day out with the kids!

With every show, they also tell you the age group they are recommended for, so you can be sure that you are taking the kids to the ones perfect for them! During each performance, kids might see their favorite characters perform their favorite tales, or they might get to enjoy seasonal performances pending the time of year. They might even learn something new, or go back in time and learn a part of history!

With shows lasting 40 to 50 minutes, it's a super fun way for kids to experience the magic of the arts, and perhaps even be inspired!

Quick, it's time for curtain call!

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How much does it cost?



Tickets $6+



Tickets $6+. $3 for those under 2.


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Any top tips?


If you purchased them 2 weeks or less before the show, they are most likely at Will Call. If you lost your tickets, they can walk you in or reprint them for you.

I'm Hungry!


It's a good idea to grab a snack before you enter the building, as food and drink isn't permitted in the theater

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Where is it at?


Located in the The S. Dillon Ripley Center, 3rd Sublevel

Teachers corner


If you have a group of 10 children or more (ages 2-16), Discovery Theater offers discounted tickets!

Need a little extra help?


If you require special assistance, please call 202-633-8700 to speak to Discovery Theater staff

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Baby Facilities

They have a designated area to park strollers at all performance locations. Due to most of their performances being sold out, there is not room to keep the stroller with you in the theater during your show.

When can we go?

Office hours: 9am - 4:30pm weekdays. Shows are generally on a weekday at 10:15am and 11:30am

Closed on all Federal Holidays. No shows during August and most of September

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