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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 #5 of 260 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Government Buildings, Libraries, History Museums, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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guangzhou china
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

We only saw the Jefferson building which is beautiful but we were expecting . Gorgeous frescos and mosac work in the main hall and enjoyed seeing the Gutenburg Bible

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Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Even if you don't care about the library content, the buildings architecture and art is gorgeous and a true delight to look at. Moreover, the staff was truly friendly and happy to help.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I didn't get to go into to library hall but the view from the top was enough. Nice tour on the history of maps and story of how the library came into existence. Must see place for people of all ages!!

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East Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

A visitor shouldn't just think books, with the library having several exhibits I would not think possible. A short list is: 1 of 4 known Gutenberg Bibles, 1 of 4 Magna Cartas, maps of the U.S., an original Declaration of Independence & documents relating to civil rights. Three levels are ground, first & second floors, accessed by staircases & elevators.... More

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Sandy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

We came as an after thought after the capitol and liked it even more. The staff was super friendly and informed. We took the free tour they offered and our guide made the library come alive. The architecture is just amazing and the displays they have are truly one of a kind. The Guttenberg Bible was a big highlight as... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Americana at its best! I was actually studying a thesis-type project back in 2008 when in DC and had the chance to access the Library and use some of the resources in the library. Really nice architecture by the way.

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Tampa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

After visiting the Capitol Building on our recent trip, we found we could access the Library of Congress by tunnel. Our jaws dropped- it is amazing. The architecture is unbelievable. We sat for a long period of time just looking at all of the mosaics, the sculptures, the ceilings and arches. There is so much to take in. We loved... More

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Once, you walk inside, the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress you are overwhelmed by the architecture, the art, the mosaics, the ceilings, the floors, the stairways, the elevators, the original style light bulbs from 1879! Then as you go from the entrance hall up the stairs to the second floor, you find exhibit rooms, each its own mini-museum... More

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Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

The building itself is breathtaking and the collections impressive. The staff have a deep knowledge and clearly love sharing the building and its treasurers. Definitely worth a stop.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed our visit to the Library. We went a little later in the day, and it was not crowded at all. The exhibits are wonderful, with a lot to learn. Besides seeing the massive main library, the building itself is wonderful to admire. It is just gorgeous. The detail, and the beautiful stone, and the gorgeous ceilings were amazing... More

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