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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 #9 of 255 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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London, England, United Kingdom
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88 reviews 88 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Most impressive. There are tours but we decided just to walk about. There was a group going to overlook the reading room so we just tagged along. Cannot quite understand why they wanted to limit numbers up there! Excellent displays about Civil Rights act, early Americas do not miss the maps and Jefferson's library with large touch screens.

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boise
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We had just enough time to take a peek inside. beautiful. There are tours offered, and next time the tour will be on the top of my list.

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Wahpeton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building, look up/around, take it all in. I never thought there would be much to see but I was wrong, our 17 year old enjoyed it.

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Oakton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing treasure. Filled with mosaics, breathtaking sculptures - and then there the books! My oh my. Terrific docents. A very worthwhile visit for all ages. Audio tour or docent will really help you understand all that is happening in the building, because it is a national treasure filled with surprising artifacts.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Great displays inside the library that are changed every six months or each year. Another tribute to Thomas Jefferson's vision and determination - great architecture.

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Waveland, Mississippi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Not to be missed when in DC. Be sure to take the free guided tour. We have an amazing library in the nations capital. The building is absolutely beautiful. Take the time to secure a library card and visit the Reading Room.

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New Prague, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

It was everything I thought it would be and more! What is my life without books and this place was a feast for the eyes!

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Tenino, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Besides, the breathtaking and somewhat unexpected inside architectural design and quality craftsmanship (told my husband it would be a picture perfect photo op for a Wedding!), the interesting history told in the actual words and art really makes you contemplate how special and inspiring this place is! Do the tour (about 45 mins) It was totally worth it. Both of... More

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

What an awe-inspiring place! I agree with others who think this may be the most beautiful interior of any building in DC. That makes it an A-list place to visit, but what I loved even more was the hour long tour of several key rooms. Our docent/ tour guide was very informative in giving details about the history of the... More

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lebanon, pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

I was pleasantly surprised with the architecture and mosaics inside. It was beautiful and unexpected. My husband is a registered reader, but I am not. I think it will be really neat to become a registered reader in order that you can go into the reading section and read some of the original history. Also had Thomas Jefferson's library. Very... More

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