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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 #8 of 257 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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Perth, Australia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

Within the Library when you go through you will walk into the Great Hall, inside the hall you will see the Gutenberg Bible. There is a African & Middle Eastern Reading Room, an Asian Reading Room an exhibition area and finally the Main a Reading Room. The dome above the reading room is 49m high. You can only look down... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

This was one of the most beautiful buildings in DC. I only wish that people weren't such jerks so that I could go inside and see some of Thomas Jefferson's books. I wouldn't even need to touch any, just to get a whiff of that old book smell. The art and architecture are overwhelmingly gorgeous.

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Cincinnati, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Probably one of the most impressive building interiors in Washington, DC. Mosaic floors like the ancient Romans, ceilings almost like the Sistine Chapel and collections like the library of Thomas Jefferson. This is an impressive place. Did I mention they have one of the original Gutenberg bibles on display? It doesn't get much better than this and the cost of... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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71 reviews 71 reviews
34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

This was not even on my radar as a place we should see. My daughter, for some reason, wanted to see it. Am I glad we did! The interior of this building (also called the Jefferson Building) is the most beautiful that we saw in all of D.C. (and we were in the White House, the Capital, the Supreme Court... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Free, no queue and a few important bits of American history; what more can you ask for?! Worth a visit!

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Spring
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I wasn't looking that forward to going to the Library of Congress and it turned out to be at the very top of our trip to DC! Be sure to book a Congressional Tour with your Representative. We went in October, so we didn't have the huge crowds as in peak season. The tour guide was amazing! Had we not... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing building we almost missed but we were wandering and found it. The only disappointment was you could not go into the library and only look into it thru a small window

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Marana, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Okay, maybe my description is a tad embellished. However, even the most jaded native Washingtonians that we spoke with during our trip all agree that the Library of Congress building is exquisite. Be sure to allow sufficient time to walk around inside and take in all the sculpture, paintings and the mosaics. It is amazing.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Oh so beautiful, it's a must see even if for only 5 minutes, but we ended up staying longer. It might just be the most ornate building in Washington DC.

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Morristown, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The inside of this building is the most beautiful government building in DC. If you go to DC, you need to visit this building. Make sure to see the Gutenberg Bible while you are there.

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