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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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  • 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 today via mobile

Lovely murals, inlaid marble, mosaics, carvings etc. Loved the tour--guide told us the meanings of many of the symbols and funny stories on how it was built.

Thank Linda K
Reviewed today via mobile

This is worth going for just the visual beauty I loved it ... just do it and out it on your must do.. it's an easy visit you can fit this in with capitol visit and botanical garden visit all in close walking distance

Thank darlynec2017
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Visit the Library of Congress, it's free and wow what value for money. The interior of the building is a hidden gem, a beautiful place. The exhibits on show when we were there were, World War 1, Bob Hope and Politics, George Gershwin, and the...More

Thank DaveHen
Reviewed yesterday

The building itself is amazing with its design and colors and art work. You can see Jefferson's library books but they are all encased of course to preserve them. The main ready room you cannon go in unless you have special clearance or pass. So...More

Thank DRLaskeyTrips
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An outstanding educational experience. Very informative with several collections that we were not aware.This is also an architechtual gem.

Thank Félix C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wasn't planning to go here but so glad I did. Amazing paintings and sculptures, historical documents and viewing area for the actual library of congress reading room (which joe average can't actually visit). Well worth a look

Thank blueswarrior
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited the library of congress during our visit to the Capitol Hill building. It's a spectacular building with beautiful sculptures, paintings and frescos. Our guide was very good too. Definitely worth a visit

Thank Pamela W
Reviewed 2 days ago

I attended one of the free tours given at the library. Our Tour guide was very knowledgeable about the building and american history. The pace was good and there are elevators for handicap accessibility. the building is beautifully maintained. There is a gift shop on...More

Thank MichaelBronx
Reviewed 2 days ago

Sign up for a tour with your Senator or Representative and get a fantastic tour that covers the history and symbolism of the building. They have walk-in tours, but you can't be guaranteed a spot, especially in summer. They will walk you through the building...More

Thank MsCJSeattle
Reviewed 2 days ago

The interior of this 19th Century building is gasp-inducing. One of the most beautiful rooms in the world. And the Main Reading Room sure ain't bad either. There was a technical problem with the pre-tour video; so they skipped it entirely. They seem to have...More

Thank Bill M
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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