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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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Type: Libraries, Government buildings, History museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published...
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Type: Libraries, Government buildings, History museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Traveler Resources
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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Palm Springs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We spent two weeks in DC vacationing and went to almost everything and while the LOC is highly rated, it's still underrated. It is fantastic and the tours are fantastic. The tour is mandatory. Book it early through your congressperson.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

The art and architecture of the Library of Congress' main building, the Jefferson Building, are fantastic. We've been to LC many times, and my wife is a regular researcher there. But one recent Saturday we visited an excellent exhibit on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, then again saw the exhibit of the 6,000+ books that Thomas Jefferson had sold... More 

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Bridgwater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

This building is slightly out of the way and as a result, if my wife hadn't insisted that we seek it out and go inside I would have overlooked it completely. If you are visiting Washington and have a spare hour I cannot imagine a better place to spend that spare hour. Entrance is free of charge which is a... More 

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DC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

Far too many tourists on a tour of Capitol Hill walk by the Library of Congress without exploring some of its wonders. Walk in. Look around. Its free and accessible. They usually have some very interesting exhibits..

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Buffalo, New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 NEW

Fortunately and luckily we chose to visit (6 teens and 3 adults) on President's day when the main hall was open to the public, one of two days per year it is open to the public. We all loved seeing the architecture and history. Such beautiful and meaningful sculptures and carvings. All the librarians were super informative and helpful. Great... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Such a fancy building, and with such great history. I can't believe that such an awesome building was made for books!

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My most favorite and the most beautiful building in Washington. This building has interesting architecture and very colorful. An absolute must see!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's easy to forget that many societies in the past and today forbid their citizens any sort of access to education. This institution stands as a stunningly ornate rejection of ignorance. A must-see when in DC.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Library of Congress is an historical building, with many sculptures and painting that rival some of the many museums in Washington, DC. There are many collections of noted writers and politicians in the LoC. Tours are given daily to acquaint the visitor to the historic treasures within the LoC.

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited for the first time to take advantage of a special exhibit, and walked away duly impressed. Not by the building's architecture, which is grandiose for the sole purpose of being opulent, but for the holdings. As a lover of old maps, what is on display (do I need to mention the Walseemuller?) are eye-candies without peers. We arrived early... More 

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