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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 #7 of 253 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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Mission Viejo, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Well worth the trouble of walking to, we were lucky to catch the beginning of a tour (all free) and saw how lovely the interior is and the history behind it.

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Bartlett, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

take the tour the guide was wonderful. Not only explaining all the art but giving you tips on the different and beautiful. The guide gave us a great deal of history on the buildings structure and art.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This building was very pretty and ornate. I'm a bookworm so I really enjoyed seeing the reading room. Very impressive. This can be a quick stop. 15-30 minutes top needed.

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Jackson, Wyoming
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160 helpful votes 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building, wow! Reminded me of the cathedrals in Europe. So much love for detail. We did not spend much time, though, because we had been at the Capitol all morning and walked over through the underground tunnel to make sure we get a quick look. Hungry kids are no good travel companions ;-) They have interesting exhibits and displays.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

So for this book nerd, this was one of the highlights of my trip! The tour is a must and our guide was so knowledgeable! The architecture and the books...I cannot say enough!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Even if you don't time to visit all the exhibits, it's worth a trip just to go inside and see the architecture. The ceiling is amazing.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

This is no ordinary library... Connected to the Capitol by an underground tunnel, this attraction offers exhibits such as the civil rights movement, the oldest bibles, the first map America appeared on and an overlooking view of the reading tables. If you have an extra 30-45 minutes, stop on by this free gem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We stopped over first thing in the morning after a quick visit to the Supreme Court. We got in line for the 10:30am and while my husband waited in line, I took the kids to the children's library. It was a GREAT way to spend some extra time. The tour was perfect and our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

We stopped by after a tour of the U.S. Capitol because it is connected to it via underground tunnel that allows you to bypass security in the Library. The architecture of the building is amazing with beautiful ceilings and windows. We got to see a display on pre-Columbian America as well as the first map with the United States labeled... More

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Nottingham
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Stunning building, columns, ceiling etc. Ran out of time as we had been visiting The Capital building before and walked along the connecting tunnel. There were some exhibitions and interesting displays.

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