We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
+1 202-707-5000
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 89.99*
and up
Private Washington DC Deluxe City Tour
More Info
US$ 156.00*
and up
Four Hour Private DC Highlight Tour by Van
More Info
US$ 400.00*
and up
Customized Private Sightseeing Tour of DC
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“reading room” (599 reviews)
“gutenberg bible” (260 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 08:30 - 16:30
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
National Mall
+1 202-707-5000
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (6,872)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 6,872 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

There is no getting around this venue. It is great and free. The architecture is something that the US citizens should be proud of. You can wander around and or take a free tour. The docents are simply wonderful. There is a tunnel that save...More

Thank MarkP08
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This was a really interesting place to visit. Lots of history here! We saw the Jefferson library which was interesting since we had visited Monticello earlier We were not able to go into the actual library part but could overlook it from a viewing area...More

Thank JKcoe968
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Don't leave town without taking a tour of the Library of Congress. The marvelous architecture and priceless exhibits are among the highlights in all of Washington DC. Tour guides are exceptional. And it's all free.

Thank MB M
Reviewed yesterday

A very grand building with beautiful art works. The main reading room was massive and it's interesting to know that the other books, journals and materials are housed in different states. Joining the docent tour is a must.

Thank aoaltamirano
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you have a love for Architecture, this museum is not to be missed. The interior of this building is the closet to European Architecture I have seen in the US. Just Beautiful! Allow 1.5-3 hours for this museum. Make sure to viisit the exhibit...More

Thank B D
Reviewed 2 days ago

My 1st visit to the Library of Congress was over 36 years ago and although many years later the emotions were the same; vibrant, expectant and thankful. Of course, there is a high level of security but necessary for our safety and that which the...More

Thank DCN2012
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I had been to the library before but the tour made it come to life! The enthusiasm and knowledge of the docent was so impressive. Highly recommend.

Thank BBD222
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have been to DC many time over the years and have never put this place on the Must-see list until our last trip, which is a shame because it's so worthwhile. Unlike other DC attractions, this one won't eat up most of your day;...More

1  Thank BethCentennial
Reviewed 4 days ago

The elegant Jefferson portion of the Library of Congress is beautiful, and the docents did a very good and personalized job of taking us through the museum, and its interesting history. Worth the visit for anyone interested in books. Additionally, after my wife and I...More

Thank rickdoestravel
Reviewed 4 days ago

Infrastructure, organization, design and atmosphere of this unique facility were surpringly entertaining if you just expect only books ! I was worth it to walk up there and take a closer look. To us it was a must see building.

Thank Martin S
Nearby Restaurants
We the Pizza
591 reviews
.38 km away
Good Stuff Eatery
802 reviews
.37 km away
Sweet Green
131 reviews
.29 km away
Tortilla Coast
313 reviews
.41 km away
Nearby Attractions
U.S. Capitol
4,121 reviews
.15 km away
United States Botanic Garden
2,094 reviews
.67 km away
Capitol Hill
2,509 reviews
.58 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How much time should I allot for visiting this place? It looks amazing
22 April 2017|
Answer Show all 10 answers
Response from Diana F | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other reviewers - take a tour & at least a couple of hours if you can. It's just amazing.
Are pictures allowed? And, I heard there were letters on display that corresponded between Alexander Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler. Is this true?
25 October 2016|
Answer Show all 14 answers
Response from mariiiamt | Reviewed this property |
I know there are letters from Alexander Hamilton to Elizabeth Hamilton , but I did not see them.
Jennie H
Hi should I book a tour . Thank you Jennie O
17 July 2016|
Answer Show all 8 answers
Response from Janelle S | Reviewed this property |