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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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When I visited the Library of Congress, I was hoping that I might be allowed in the Reading Room, but they don't allow casual visitors in there. I contented myself with soaking up... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

When I visited the Library of Congress, I was hoping that I might be allowed in the Reading Room, but they don't allow casual visitors in there. I contented myself with soaking up the history in front of the Gutenberg Bible, marveling at the fancy main hall, and snooping through the free exhibits on display. (One of the tour guides,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The guide tour is strongly recommended as it is very informative. The staffs are very knowledgeable.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Free visit on the mall. It was cool to see Jefferson's original book collection. The other exhibits that were there didn't interest me. The building itself has some great architecture. Also you have a great view of the mall when you look out the second story windows.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best attractions in DC, and fortunately, not one of the most popular. The place is a palace, your jaw will drop when you see it. Aside from the overwhelming beauty of the building, they have a very good historical collection on display, Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" being one of many things to see. Highly, highly,... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I had attended studied and worked in Washington, but I had only experienced a cursory tour of the Library. With my thirteen year old daughter, I participated in the scheduled tour and then became captivated by the fascinating and well prepared exhibits. The tour guide was excellent, the rooms spectacular, and the exhibits informative and engaging. The Library is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Besides the general looking around at the architecture from 1899, make sure to go into the various exhibits, including the original Jefferson Library, and downstairs to the Bob Hope/Comedy area, which was so interesting. It is a good idea to pick up the brochure that explains what some of the symbols in the art mean, because it really helps the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed a very informative and free tour at the library. The history of the building and collection was most interesting. However the old map of the World was the highlight for me.

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This place was awesome...yah I know...who wants to see a bunch of books. Well there is a small room where you can look down on the library, I was kind of disappointed that we were not allowed inside the actual library. But the lobby of this place was fantastic! The architecture of the building is something to see, with all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

We especially enjoyed Thomas Jeffersons library and the history behind it. Seeing the building and it's beautiful architecture is worth a quick stop. We also enjoyed the bibles and illustrations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The Library of Congress is a beautiful building rich in history. There is a free tour I would highly recommend taking. Gives you details of the history that you probably wouldn't get otherwise. Give yourself plenty of time to see it all.

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Additional Information about Library of Congress

Address: Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > National Mall
Open Hours:
Monday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

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