Hours and Locations

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
Closed Dec. 25

Admission is free


Named after the Smithsonian's 8th Secretary, the underground building's copper domed entrance is on Jefferson Drive between the "Castle" and the Freer Gallery of the National Museum of Asian Art. The Ripley Center houses the Smithsonian Associates and the Discovery Theater and connects underground to the African Art Museum and the Sackler Gallery of the National Museum of Asian Art.


Changing exhibitions, The Smithsonian Associates, and the Discovery Theater.

We encourage the use of public transportation.


Metro Station: Smithsonian (Mall exit)

Nearest Accessible Metrorail Entrance:
NW corner of 12th St. & Independence

Check Metrorail's Elevator and Escalator Service Status page for service disruptions.


To provide an address for MetroAccess Paratransit, please use 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW.


There is no public parking facility for Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. A limited number of city-operated metered parking spaces are available, including several accessible parking spaces.

View a map of accessible parking spaces.

Reserved parking near the museums can be purchased in advance through ParkWhiz.
Note: ParkWhiz is a third-party vendor (ParkWhiz Privacy Policy).


While this location does not have dining, view dining options at our other locations.


While this location has no museum store, you can always shop online.

See Getting Here for information on accessible parking and public transportation.

Accessibility Information and Programs

Disability access service requests: Smithsonian Associates access service requests