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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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Now that's a library!

Beautiful building, spectacular rooms, don't need all that much time to explore. Good excuse to go to that end of town too and see the supreme court and other side of the hill.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building, spectacular rooms, don't need all that much time to explore. Good excuse to go to that end of town too and see the supreme court and other side of the hill.

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Minneapolis, Mn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Our teen boys enjoyed this as much as we parents. The architecture is grand and the inside is filled with a million detailed carvings, mosaics, and arches. You may view the Reading Room for a few minutes from a balcony. There are various museum areas within the Library of Congress that are full of interesting maps, pictures, and facts. Also... More 

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Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Most don't think of this place, but I think it's one not to be missed. The building itself is incredible and they have interesting exhibits. I've been twice and still want to go back to "read the walls." The only way to see it the first tine is with the free tour or you won't appreciate what you're looking at.

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the Library and took a tour which was free (you don't get many freebies these days) and had a great tour guide who gave us loads of information of the library. I think this is a must just to see the decor of the place if your not interested in the books.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I have never seen any other beautiful library than the library of congress. It's really marvelous. It has a section dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, where we have few of his original books. It's a very interesting place to view even for architecture of the building. Worth visiting.

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We didn't spend too much time here during our visit...well under an hour but it was the prettiest place that we visited. The architecture was unparalleled. It won't take you too long so be sure to stop in! There were some exhibitions going on that we had time to browse while we were there as well! So stop in and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The Library of Congress is an architectural marvel. The tour guides are knowledgable and give you a quick 1 hour run down of the building and its more famous artifacts. Go down to the bottom floor and follow the signs to a seating area in front of a TV to wait for the tour. It is well worth it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The Library of Congress is actually three different buildings. We visited the Jefferson Building, which is home to Thomas Jefferson's first collection of more than 6,000 volumes. He sold the books to the library to help pay for ongoing construction at his private home, Monticello, and then began to collect a whole new batch. The Jefferson is a monument to... More 

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Ozark, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Being an avid reader, I was so excited to visit this site. I registered online early for the library card and devoted an entire day to touring the LOC and the Capitol (connected by underground tunnels). Go first to the Madison building to get your card and then use the tunnels to access the Jefferson building. We took the timed... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I think every American should check-out the Library Of Congress(pun intended). Washington DC is a veritable treasure trove of history and education. Please see my review if the U.S. Capitol.

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