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Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
+1 202-707-5000
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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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 2 days ago

We heard the Library of Congress was beautiful but in reality it is so magnificently designed and so colorfully beautiful, plus they have some very interesting exhibits.

Thank No B
Reviewed 3 days ago

A treasure trove of artifacts and an incredible visit. We took the complimentary tour which provided a great overall view of what was available. You could easily spend days exploring.

Thank Darlene43
Reviewed 3 days ago

Walked to the Library from the US Capitol through the tunnel. The Library is a beautiful building that reminded me of some of the beautiful buildings I've seen in Europe. The architecture is exquisite and is more elaborate than most buildings I saw in DC.

Thank dreamer8313
Reviewed 3 days ago

The reading room, which must be viewed from above, is the highlight of course. If there’s a large queue that pushes you along quicker than you’d like try coming back in a few minutes. We queued for ages but by the time we came out...More

Thank BadgerCT
Reviewed 4 days ago

Take the tour, then wander the exhibits. There is more to see than can be done in one trip. We will go back again.

Thank Kyle J
Reviewed 4 days ago

Loved the LOC, especially Jefferson's library. If I had time, I would have just stayed and read some books.

Thank B7889VBalanh
Reviewed 6 days ago

This place is beautiful with the paintings, the woodwork, all the marble... really impressive, we loved it very much.

Thank Kismaci
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Does not stand out from the outside, but inside.... it’s a real gem, walls and ceilings are painted exquisitelly. We saw an exhibition of court cartoonists which was amazing! Only complaint is that you are not allowed where the books are ☹️

Thank monicamartina15
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This building has the most exquisite interior of any I toured in Washington. Go early in the day so you can make the most of it. Exhibits are fascinating. Coat check is great. Staff are wonderful, especially if they know you are a librarian.

Thank Mariah S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to the museum which is adjacent to the Capitol. Nothing fancy about it but its a big museum with a lot of artefacts

Thank Roshan G
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22 June 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.
22 April 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
25 October 2016|
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Response from 13Canada13 | Reviewed this property |
There are some places you cannot take pictures. Eg: the center round room where you can do research. I am sure it has a name, but I can't remember it. It was so beautiful inside and I wanted to take a picture. I asked the... More