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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000
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Mon - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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Surprisingly Interesting - Definitely Beautiful Inside

I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. The inside of the building is a work of art. You could spend hours trying to see and digest all of the visual detail on the inside... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Antioch, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. The inside of the building is a work of art. You could spend hours trying to see and digest all of the visual detail on the inside of the Library of Congress. Then you see the Reading Room which, by my estimate, is at least 16 stories tall (one... More 

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Cary, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Take time to plan ahead, get a reader card from the room 140 in the Madison building, look all around Jefferson building and order a book then go and thumb through it in the main reading room with someone you love. We did - and we`ll never forget it.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This should be a "don't miss" on your DC tour. the murals and ceilings are incredible works of art and the view of the Reading room from the observation deck almost makes you want to become a researcher so you can read there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was by far my favorite place I visted in dc. The building is breath taking and beautiful. I took some great pics but its no match for being there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

I have been to D.C. many times and even lived there yet this is the first time I thought to go to LOC. The architecture/decor is gorgeous. Take a tour and self-tour, either way is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The architecture and history are amazing. We took a tour set up through our congressman's office. which may have resulted in being in a smaller group. I'd love to check out the reading chambers someday.

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Genoa, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

We were lucky enough to book this tour through our congressman. The docents are amazing! The docent who led our tour kept the kids engaged an what could be boring for them. The architecture was gorgeous. In the Main Reading Room, there are statues surrounding the rotunda representing different fields of knowledge and then statues of people representing each field... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Make sure to go in the afternoon, so you get the beautiful light glowing on the building and fountains.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Who knew???? This spectacular building is the largest library in the world, is architecturally and artistically full of wonders. I took a great public tour. The exhibits are fascinating and important. This is a must see!!!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful buildings inside - in the Jefferson Library part of the Library of Congress. Rivals the palaces of Europe. Just breathtaking. Who knew??

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