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Library of Congress

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Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
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08:30 - 16:30
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Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it...

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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Fantastic Tour

Ordered a tour through our Senator and the tour had fewer people. Our tour guide was excellent and provided excellent information about the building's architecture and history... read more

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Topanga, California
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The Library is next to the Supreme Court and across from the Capitol. The building is beautiful and the gold accents are breathtaking. There is not much to do inside and you can easily be in and out in 20 minutes.

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Topanga, California
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Ordered a tour through our Senator and the tour had fewer people. Our tour guide was excellent and provided excellent information about the building's architecture and history. Very interesting

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Perth, Australia
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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 time to connect to the Capitol Visitor Centre.

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Dallas, Texas
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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 above. The building is really gorgeous too and is decorated with frescos on the ceiling... More 

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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.

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Muntinlupa, Philippines
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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.

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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 paying tribute to artist of the courtrooms. It depicts a form of art that most... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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 LoC encompasses. Yes, it's stoic and a bit overwhelming but within these walls lie the... More 

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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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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.

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Denver, Colorado
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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; you can always find an hour to squeeze it in. The building is so impressive;... More 

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