Student discounts in Washington, D.C.

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By: Natalie O’Neil

Looking for a night out on a budget?  Here are a few locations and events that offer student discounts in Washington, D.C.

National Theatre

For Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances at the National Theatre, attendees can purchase limited half-price tickets.  This deal is also available for Sunday matinees.

Kennedy Center

Monday through Thursday, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts offers specially priced tickets.  These are half-price tickets for select performances at the venue.  There is a limited amount, so tickets are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tickets are not available for Saturday evening performances, Friday evening Shear Madness performances or for programs offered at family prices.

Upcoming shows include:

  • “Chicago”
  • Ballet Across America” – curated by Misty Copeland and Justin Peck
  • “National Symphony Orchestra”:  Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
  • Renee Fleming “VOICES:  Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs

If you can’t make one of these shows, there are free daily performances held on the Millennium Stage.  In addition, the Kennedy Center offers free guided tours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as well as 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


For those interested in the history of media in the United States, a must-see in D.C. is the Newseum.  The museum offers a 10 percent discount off the adult rate for students who show a valid I.D.  Inside, you’ll get to experience exhibits such as:

  • The 9/11 Gallery
  • 1967:  Civil Rights at 50
  • ABC News Changing Exhibits:  “Inside Today’s FBI”

National Geographic Museum

Another amazing museum to check out while you’re in D.C. is the National Geographic Museum.  The museum offers student entry at $12.  A well-attended exhibit at the moment is the ‘@NatGeo:  The Most Popular Instagram Photos’ exhibit.  The showcase is up now until April 30.  Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Most Museums are free

If you have a particular interest in seeing some of Washington’s museums, there are also plenty that offer free entry.  This includes museum such as:

A popular exhibit right now – that I would recommend – is ‘Yayoi Kusama:  Infinity Mirrors’ at the Hirshhorn.  The exhibit is running from now until May 14 and has attracted many, as it “offers the chance to step into an illusion of infinite space.”  Regular museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Now until May 3, the museum is offering extended hours on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Washington Nationals Games

With baseball season officially underway, now is a great time to take advantage of the student discount offered at the home of the Washington Nationals.  When they show a valid I.D. in April and September, college students are eligible for half-price admission for any tickets originally priced at $10 or more.

In April, these tickets are available for all non-prime games Monday through Thursday.  In September, these tickets are available for all games that month.  Student discount tickets are only available at the box office on the day-of.   


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