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“Jefferson Building was lovely, worth the visit”

Library of Congress
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2.5-Hour U.S. Capitol Building and Capitol Hill...
Ranked #15 of 472 things to do in Washington DC
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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.
Reviewed June 21, 2012

We were due to visit the Capitol Building, and had time to spare before heading in there. The Library of Congress seemed to be the natural stop before the Capitol, given their proximity. Honestly, we had not researched the Library very much, and when the taxi driver asked us which of the three buildings we wanted to visit, we immediately felt a bit naive! We opted for the Jefferson Building, figuring it housed at least the library he donated to the National LIbrary when in burnt down in 1814. The building is incredibly beautiful, with gorgeous painted vaulted ceilings. While we didn't have time to wait to see the Library's reading room, we did get to see the recreation of Jefferson's donated library, and a few other exhibits installed there.

The Youth Reading Room is less impressive, as it's really a reading room (like local libraries) without a real perspective for kids, other than "reading is good". If your kids were really young, it might be a good respite from the more adult exhibits, but our kids (12 and 9) thought it a bit pedestrian. There were a few worksheets for kids to complete there (word searches, summer sudoku, coloring pages) but my kids were not interested in that.

The Jefferson building connects to the Capitol Building, so we could go from one to the other without having to leave the building. This was a MAJOR plus, given the heat (100F) and the road needed crossing. We easily made our appointment for the tour of the Capitol.

Overall, I would have liked more time in this building, but we didn't plan quite plan as well as we might have. If you have about 90 minutes, you could see nearly all that you might like to see!

3  Thank CarolD448
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

never have I see such work of history that makes me proud to be human and part of the world's history

Thank Eddie M
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

A very impressive building with awesome artwork inside. There is not a lot to do, but definitely worth taking the time to see the statues, mosaic art and stained glass

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Reviewed June 20, 2012

Unless you are a bookworm. you'll be visiting the great building and museum-type exhibits. It's worth an hour if you're in the nighborhood.

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Reviewed June 19, 2012

Amazingly beautiful interior. Well worth the walk from the Capitol Building via the tunnel.

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