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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

Thomas Jefferson Library was nice plus they have a exhibit, Drawing Justice, The Art of Courtroom Illustration display that is amazing. Also a display, Echoes of Great War, American Experience of World War 1 display

Thank disney23mickey
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Wonderful building with really interesting exhibits - we had little time as it was about to shut but utterly worthwhile and highly recommend - it doesn't have to take long!

Thank Janebarkes
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The worlds largest library really is amazing! There are exhibits to look at and the architecture is stunning. You can get a library card and go into the library itself. My kids were not able to get one since they are underage. They were allowed...More

Thank timdB900ML
Reviewed 2 days ago

We only had one day to walk around DC last week. We found these are must see: Lincoin Memorial, White House, Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial with the Tidal basin, Roosevelt memorial, United States Capital, and Library of Congress. If you like the old architecture,...More

Thank wonderfulduet
Reviewed 3 days ago

The most beautiful library I have ever seen. The staircase and mosaics are so detailed they take your breath away.

Thank KBenne17
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Incredible architecture and artwork. We didn't know you can get a library card for free and be able to go into the stacks!

Thank Chuck K
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was an unbelievable experience seeing the place itself alone. Another Must Visit place on your list, if visiting DC.

Thank LankanKing
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited directly after our US Capital tour, you can access the library without going thru security again. The building interior is stunningly detailed and intricate. There is a Gutenberg Bible on display. The Jefferson Library is interesting. There is a special exhibit on Courtroom...More

Thank Cathy M
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had arranged through our congressman for a tour, which I recommend. We try to avoid steps, and I'm glad to report that they offered a breakout group for those who preferred to tour by elevator. The guide was good at explaining what we were...More

Thank George M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lovely murals, inlaid marble, mosaics, carvings etc. Loved the tour--guide told us the meanings of many of the symbols and funny stories on how it was built.

Thank Linda K
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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