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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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Rather crowded, as one might expect, but our short visit with one of the free walking tour guides of DC was very informative and eye-opening. Might be a bit borinf for children... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Costas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Rather crowded, as one might expect, but our short visit with one of the free walking tour guides of DC was very informative and eye-opening. Might be a bit borinf for children beyod the quick walk around the main halls, but for book and architecture lovers a solo visit is recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I was in awe walking in to this amazing building. Such talent shows on every surface; floor, ceilings, walls, etc. The amount of articles submitted each day will astound you. Take the 1 hour tour offered to hear and see the Library in all it's glory.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We walked through the Library of Congress, spotting the usual eye-catchers, then left. But I returned and signed up for the guided tour, and found it to be well worth the time. Architecturally the building is fascinating (especially the backside that is closed to the public, but you DO see on the tour). There are so many hidden gems that... More 

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Stevenson, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The docents are very knowledgeable about the history and collections in the library. Great place to spend a rainy day while touring the DC area.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The neo-classical facade and gorgeous interior, filled with paintings, statues and references to the greatest names in Western history. There's always one or 2 exhibitions going on and that's worth a check. Take your time, this is not your average public library, breath in all the knowledge :)

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Spring Creek, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The building has amazing architecture with elaborate details throughout the building. There are rotating displays of different collections in the main spaces. I found the current maps of early America to be amazing.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The library was more then just a library the decor inside was beautiful inside and outside. It's a fun trip and a wonder to see.

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This structure is quite impressive. The interior is beyond ornate, and worth a visit! We popped in here as an add on to our. Day, and we're glad that we did.

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McHenry, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Stopped here when in DC on business. The building architecture, inside and out, is really beautiful. You can't actually just walk into the library part, but there is an overlook where you can see inside. My favorite part was the Jefferson library - his vast collection of books was so amazing to look through.

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We really hadn't planned on visiting this but we are so glad we did! I did not realize the interior was so ornate. The details and architecture were amazing. It reminded me of the Vatican. I learned a lot of great information and the age of the books on display were astounding. I would definitely visit this!

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