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Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
+1 202-707-5000
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Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it sure has most of them, with 532 miles of shelves and 115 million items, with 7,000 added each working day.
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed yesterday

Visited on 7/11/2017 (Tuesday): If you're visiting the U.S. Capitol first you can take the underground tunnel that lets you bypass security and takes you directly to the Library of Congress. The Library is gorgeous filled with several different exhibits: one about famous trial illustrations,...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful building. But there were far to many people visiting. would love to come back on a quieter day

Thank sarahantrim
Reviewed 2 days ago

Everyone in our group of 12 enjoyed visiting the Library; the exhibits offered something for everyone (ages 8-72) and we probably did not allot enough time to really dig in and spend some time. The building itself is amazing and the exhibits were fun and...More

Thank RoseBowlTraveler
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We did a self guided tour, the guided tour was full and the next tour was an hour later. Lots of things to see.

Thank Jennifer P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This building is stunningly gorgeous. Had no idea there was a building this gorgeous in DC! Very interesting displays. Highly recommend!!

Thank LAPF2013
Reviewed 3 days ago

Even if you’re not a book lover, it would be difficult not to be impressed by the lovely Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building. There are rotating exhibits available, plus a view of the Reading Room. After our visit, we found our way through an...More

Thank _SLH138_
Reviewed 3 days ago

For literature lovers like myself this was like walking into the Vatican. It was utterly beautiful and awe inspiring to be around such history and beautiful literary treasures.

Thank Sheneka G
Reviewed 4 days ago

The interior of the main building is very impressive. You do need a tour as you can see everything on your own pace.

Thank TudelaMartins
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A beautiful building, really stunning. Numerous exhibits of interest, especially the map gallery. Tied to American history and the expansion across the continent. Wish I had more time to explore.

Thank Jen C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The tour was phenomenal and it was free! The library itself Is so grand and full of history. All exhibits and Thomas Jefferson books are not to be missed. Next time we will get our Library cards. It's free!

Thank btreid
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22 June 2017|
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Response from The_Drunken_Foodist | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, no. They are open Mon-Sat 8:30 to 5:00 PM.
22 April 2017|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
I agree, 90 minutes to 2 hours is a good time frame to put aside, that would give you enough time to either tour on your own or take a guided tour, plus have time to look around on your own if you do decide to do the tour... More
26 October 2016|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
There are some places you cannot take pictures. Eg: the center round room where you can do research. I am sure it has a name, but I can't remember it. It was so beautiful inside and I wanted to take a picture. I asked the... More