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Library of Congress

Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540 (National Mall)
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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Ranked #4 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Government Buildings, Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published...
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Type: Government Buildings, Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
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Victoria, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This building is a showpiece and definitely take one if not a couple of tours with different guides to learn about the vision of the founders.

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Baroda, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The Library of Congress is one of the most treasured resources of the US. The ability to house and protect the collective memory of the US for posterity. The building is exquisitely done and is aesthetically pleasing. Fortunatel the 1215 Lincoln Magna Carta was on display with various other documents related to it. What an amazing Document to view. Also... More 

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San Diego
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

If you're touring the capitol, us the underground passageway to enter the Library of Congress so that you can bypass the lines and not have to go through security again. Worth a visit for the architecture and murals alone.

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Carson City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

It's beautiful!! And has great guided tours, free. You can see Jeffersons library, Gutenberg Bible, the class reading room, and the amazing main room. Chock full of beautiful symbolic art.

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Tallahassee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend taking the guided tour. The tour consisted of mostly information regarding the architecture of the building but also highlighted the special collections the Library holds. They had the 1215 Magna Carta on display when I was there and Jefferson's library is always available to view. The best part is that anyone 16 or older can get a... More 

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Booleroo Centre, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We toured the Capitol the took the tunnel to the Library. Apart from the extraordinarily important literary treasures here, the building itself is precious. The inside is gorgeous columns and murals and mosaics. It's just beautiful, you don't need to be the least bit interested in the literary history to love this place. Well worth twenty minutes just to be... More 

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

You're there for the place, the history of the building. It is pretty, and history buffs will definitively love it. If you go, try to get in around 4 o'clock, before the sun starts to set. Once there you'll get the nicest pictures and views of the Capitol during the sunset.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

If the building were empty, it would still be worth the trip. The building is spectacular and leaves me in total awe. It was built at a time when America was experiencing rapid growth, becoming a major world power and had boundless optimism, as reflected in the building and architectural details. From the second floor, stare at the Main Lobby... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

If you have never been here, it is unlike other libraries you have seen, unless you've been to Boston. The collections here are massive, but more impressive are the sculptures, paintings, and artwork. The Christmas tree in the hall was the most impressive that we saw in DC.

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The Library of Congress is a "must see" when you come to Washington. The interior design is beautiful, with symbolism everywhere you look. Highly recommend taking the free tour.

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