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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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Description: Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it...
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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Highlight of our visit - incredible!

The architecture was amazing, and from Thomas Jefferson's personal library to the Gutenberg Bible and Giant Bible of Mainz we felt like we were as close to touching our country's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The architecture was amazing, and from Thomas Jefferson's personal library to the Gutenberg Bible and Giant Bible of Mainz we felt like we were as close to touching our country's past as we could get. Even if the building were empty it would have still been amazing to see! Plan on spending at least an hour or two just to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

An amazing, fabulous experience! The architecture is glorious! The permanent galleries are breathtaking! The history available is thrilling! Plan on several hours. There are guided tours but this museum is easily toured on your own. If you are visiting DC make this a must! The beauty of the space, the history displayed is exhilarating!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

In my opinion, LOC is the most beautiful building in D.C. My daughter gives this review: I really liked the Library of Congress, because it was educational and I learned about about the history of the library. I would definitely come back again.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A beautiful building which we accessed via the tunnel from Capitol Hill. One of the more striking buildings (internally) in the capitol.

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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Fantasticly beautiful! Print the scavenger hunt off their page for your kids. Its fun to find the animals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This is a really underrated destination in D.C. Its history of the written work makes it as strong a museum as any. The only downside is that they rush you through the Library viewing area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

WOW - this place is so much more than a library - the exhibits are terrific and the architecture/art itself is fantastic. When we return, I will definitely plan on spending a day here - so much to take in - a museum within a library. Please be sure to visit the help desk - we found every single one... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

A really great place to visit, especially if you take the free tour. You can not do reservations so make sure to arrive a few minutes early. Our docent gave lots of information and there are numerous exhibits to see - leave yourself plenty of time, the tour was a little over a hour long. You can actually get a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The Library of Congress is well worth a visit. The decor is beautiful and the history behind it is fascinating. We found the tour slightly long winded and boring as a British visitor, however if you are interested in American history then it is well worth listening to! Lots to do and see here, you can easily spend a couple... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great seeing the many items for view in this gorgeous building. Enjoyed seeing the Gutenberg for the first time and the architecture.

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