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Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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"reading room"
in 691 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 826 reviews
"gutenberg bible"
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"jefferson building"
in 282 reviews
"book collection"
in 91 reviews
"bob hope"
in 81 reviews
"underground tunnel"
in 148 reviews
"great hall"
in 100 reviews
"thomas jefferson"
in 168 reviews
"guided tour"
in 262 reviews
"amazing architecture"
in 86 reviews
"free tour"
in 170 reviews
"national treasure"
in 151 reviews
"on display"
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"supreme court"
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"capitol hill"
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"interesting exhibits"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was our first time and we were blown away by how everything is so well preserved and maintained. A must see after the Capital Building

Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If you’re visiting the library of congress, you will not be able to access inside the library, anyway you’ll be able to have a look at the main reading room and you’ll be explained the main details of the building. If you wanna access the...More

Thank luis P
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As everyone know, the biggest library on earth with 37.000.000 books on the shelves... nice to do, only one big problem !!! You are not allowed to enter the lecture room

Thank olivier b
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Probably THE most beautiful building I've ever been in. Treat yourself to this visual masterpiece. And check out concerts offered here. Definitely worth a second trip in the evening.

Thank DiAnna_7545
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Amazing to see. Great exhibits. Was rushed for time or would have spent more time there. Would have loved to do some research there.

Thank joeboo16
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Take the tour offered there. Worth the time and makes the visit meaningful. A lot of history to learn.

Thank havingfunjuly2014
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This building is beautiful inside and out. I love the architecture the meaning behind some of the paintings. In addition, it houses what is left of Jefferson's library. You can almost touch history!

Thank Deanna B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I had a date day and wanted to cross some places off our "Go See" list since we were kid free. I don't know what I was expecting but I was completely blown away. The inside is absolutely stunning! We missed the...More

Thank HaulinHalls
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They offer a free tour that takes 45 min if you like. My guide was a bit boring so broke off from the group. I took the tunnel from the capitol to get there. No crowded at all. Beautiful building. I believe first building with...More

Thank TDHArizona
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum after years of talking about it. It was so much more than we expected. Not only the history but the wealth of materials was overwhelming. We did a terrific tour with a docent named Vivien who shared many anecdotes and wonderful...More

Thank Layla13
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traumaqueen09
13 January 2018|
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Response from BChupka | Reviewed this property |
I would plan 2-3 hours so as not to rush. The tour guides seem very good. My cousin works there so she took us around herself. Much more than a library!!
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Ruplogin
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.
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ASL_Secretary14
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
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