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Directions & Parking

S. Dillon Ripley Center

The Ripley Center

The Ripley Center, located at 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, on the National Mall, is metro accessible.  View a map.

From the Smithsonian Metro stop:
Use the ‘The Mall’ exit from the Metro and you will be able to see the Ripley Center, next to the Smithsonian Castle upon reaching the top of the escalator.  It will be straight ahead on your right.

From L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop:
Use the 7th and Maryland Ave. exit from the station.  Walk north on 7th Street to Jefferson Drive.  Turn left on Jefferson Drive.  Walk in past the Hirshorn Museum, the Arts & Industry Building, and the Smithsonian Castle.  The Ripley Center will be the next building on your left, immediately after the Castle.

For All Other Locations:

Please visit our Show Locations pages for the address of all the locations we are currently performing at.  Make sure you check the location of your performance before coming down!


Parking on the National Mall

At Smithsonian museums: The Smithsonian Institution does not operate any commercial parking facilities; however, there are numerous commercial parking lots and garages located within several blocks of the museums. Parking is available for a fee at the Zoo.  For details, contact Smithsonian Information: 202-633-1000 voice/tape or 202-633-5285 TTY. E-mail: info@si.edu.

Near Smithsonian Museums:  On-street parking in Washington, D.C., is limited; the use of public transportation—Metrobus, Metrorail, D.C. Circulator, etc.—is highly recommended. Several Metrorail stations offer parking; call Metro for details 202-637-7000 (voice) or 202-638-3780 (TTY) or go online to www.wmata.com.

Some free on-street parking for cars, vans, and vehicles with handicapped permits is available on Jefferson and Madison Drives on the National Mall. Posted regulations, including the 3-hour limit, are enforced. Metered parking is available throughout the city; time limit varies by street.

School buses can pull over on the National Mall but the driver MUST remain with the vehicle at all times.  Smaller buses/vans can use street parking.

For a Map of Parking Facilities, please visit: si.edu/Content/Pdf/Visit.  Please note this information is subject to change without notice. The parking information is provided for your convenience and does not constitute an endorsement by the Smithsonian.