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Library of Congress

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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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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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“gutenberg bible” (301 reviews)
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed August 10, 2016

The building itself is magnificent, built when government buildings were meant to express the grandeur of the government. As our docent explained, this place expressed in stone, sculpture and painting, the value we should place on learning and knowledge. Symbolism of wisdom, learning, and democracy...More

Thank mstimc
Reviewed August 10, 2016

It is an out of body experience to see the intricate architecture in this beautiful historic library.

Thank Chrichrilove
Reviewed August 10, 2016

Jefferson Hall is beautiful. The architecture is amazing. This is where the Gutenberg Bible and the Giant Bible are displayed. It is totally worth your time to visit this hall. We took the tunnel from the Capitol Building after our tour there to access the...More

Thank Luvs2travel789
Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

My plan was to enter, see the pretty architecture, snap some pictures, and leave...but 2-3 hours later I was finally making my way out. There was much more to see than just the gorgeous interior including influential historical books, maps, and Thomas Jefferson's personal library....More

Thank Marz07
Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

Inside the building is a thing of beautiful. Great collection of historical books. Huge building with many parts to explore.

Thank Iyore O
Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

We have been to DC many times but never visited here. Wow were we impressed. The architecture was amazing - everyone should visit just to see the interior. Exhibits were very good as well. We will come back when we gave more time to look.

Reviewed August 10, 2016

Library of Congress has more than one building, I've been in main one, next to Capitol and is very Monumental. Builded in epic beautiful way, where everyone can get space to sit and find something to read.

Thank Yves R
Reviewed August 10, 2016

I wish I'd had more time here, but even so, it was a great place to visit. There's just so much to see here, so much history...made me wish I had another week to spend just seeing these places.

Thank KOKOkitty11
Reviewed August 9, 2016

We would not have visited the Library of Congress had our tour guide at the Capitol not suggested it, but it was by far the most spectacular visit we visited in DC. The architecture and the detail were beyond amazing. The Gutenberg bible and the...More

Thank Maggie S
Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

It is connected to the Capitol visitor's center by tunnel, which makes it an easy stop in this area of DC to see. I do not feel it is worth a visit on its own. The exception might be if you sign up for a...More

Thank kevc56
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January 12, 2018|
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Response from BChupka | Reviewed this property |
I would plan 2-3 hours so as not to rush. The tour guides seem very good. My cousin works there so she took us around herself. Much more than a library!!
June 21, 2017|
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Response from The_Drunken_Foodist | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately, no. They are open Mon-Sat 8:30 to 5:00 PM.
April 21, 2017|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
I agree, 90 minutes to 2 hours is a good time frame to put aside, that would give you enough time to either tour on your own or take a guided tour, plus have time to look around on your own if you do decide to do the tour... More