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Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540 (National Mall)
(202) 707-5000
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Ranked #4 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Libraries, Government Buildings, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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redondo beach, ca
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

If one visits DC, this has to be seen. The architecture, the art and the history is unbelievable. Impressive.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

You should take the guided tour to understand all the history of the place. It probably made the most sense for us to have someone tell you what happened in the halls decades ago and learn about the decisions made here which changed history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Magnificent building that houses extraordinary volumes, recordings and photography. A lifetime of visits couldn't cover all the works in the library. Excellent live music programming, too.

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Illinois City, Illinois
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing building and the history and sights are wonderful. Do not miss on your trip to DC.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Cannot see everything so get on-line before you go to make a list of everything you would like to explore and read...

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I was told that at one point, Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin arrived together and walked into the Great Hall of the Library of Congress. Yeltsin looked up, stopped in his tracks, and asked Clinton, "How did this get to be here? You never had Czars in the United States!" Yes, it's that opulent. I also love Jefferson's library, arranged... More

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Love the architecture of this building-it is a work of art in and of itself. The fountains outside are great too. Love the exhibits inside as well

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Anchorage, Alaska
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Library of Congress was probably my favorite site in D.C. The building is very impressive. It looks like it belongs in europe. I was with my mother and she cried over how beautiful it was! Don't pass this one

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Booker, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The exterior and interior of the building is beautiful in its celebration of knowledge and wisdom. The digitization program makes knowledge available to anyone in the world with internet access.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

One of our favorite stops on our DC trip. The architecture is breathtakingly beautiful and the exhibits are very interesting. It is absolutely worth taking time out of your trip to visit. You will not be disappointed! Even our 8 year old daughter was in awe. The guards are very rude when you come in and we had to wait... More

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