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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.
Southern Virginia
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“WOW! My favorite place”
Reviewed December 31, 2011

It is quiet! It is restful! You can see some of the most remarkable collections of music, photography, books. It is not really touristy - I do not recall there being tours. But I love to come, sit, study. rest. and then head out to a local bistro for lunch.

Visited December 2011
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“Great interactive experience for kids too!”
Reviewed December 30, 2011

At first thought, you may think the Library of Congress may be only for older kids and adults. But both my kids, 12 and 7, enjoyed the exhibits in the Jefferson building,loved the architecture,and best of all, were absolutely enthralled with a state of art interactive computer based set of activities which they could use to find out more -- and more --- and more....

They can use the" digital passport" to continue their adventures online once they've gone home. Great way to have educational fun! The gift shop is also a treasure. High quality stuff - could spend a lot of $$ here!!

Visited December 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Best kept secret in Washington!”
Reviewed December 29, 2011

The Jefferson building is gorgeous and full of symbolism. Hours could be spent just exploring the architecture and decoration. And then there are the treasures - over 147 million items! Multiple exhibits always running and tours offered Mon-Sat.

Visited December 2011
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Cary, NC
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“Library of Congress was a Great Read!”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

We booked a tour of the Library of Congress ahead of time with our congressperson (just go to your congressperson's website--do a websearch for it--and click on "Visiting the DC Area." Fill out a form with your dates of visit and attractions you wish to tour. A staff person will e-mail you back with times and tickets for your events. We arrived at the LOC and found our names on a tour list. Anyone gets the same tour, but if the line is long on a busy day, it's great to already have a spot reserved for you.)

We started in the Young Readers' Room (which is actually 3 linked rooms). A number of children's books (somewhich are early copies of books not yet published) and comfy chairs awaited my bibliophiles. My younger son's happiest moments were the hour he spent sitting and reading!

Our tour started with a short video. A guide took us on an hour long tour, using earpieces for all of us to hear her speak in the midst of many tourists and other groups. We saw the Guttenberg Bible (first Bible printed on moveable printing press), the LOC reading room, and the main entryway. She gave very informative and witty insight into the history of the LOC, its architecture, and the establishment of the collection. It was a little long at points, but was interesting and informative and free. There was also several million dollar map, which was the first one ever to include the name "America." They had an interesting exhibit on a few artifacts from the time of Columbus. We also enjoyed the gift shop.

Visited December 2011
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“Wow worth the visit”
Reviewed December 28, 2011

seen it on Tv and movies but so much better up close, good to get there early before the crowds. In deep winter the pond is frozen over.

Visited January 2011
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