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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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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20540
National Mall
+1 202-707-5000
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

Just seeing the inside of the building was worth the visit, but the displays were also worthwhile. We got a tour from our congressman's office and I think that made it MUCH more interesting than walking in on our own.

Thank DebraT26
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Loved this place - so unique and interesting. The youngsters on our tour were not as enthusiastic as I, but I felt it was a great learning experience for all. Tours are free, but you must book ahead of time as they fill quickly. Knowledgeable...More

Thank Chicagoehc
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is easily the most beautiful building in DC. Sign up for the tour, the docents will point out all of the interesting symbolism as well as answer any questions regarding the building, exhibits, or the collection. Of all the sights we saw on this...More

Thank Magiccat99
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I thought it was the most stunning of the buildings with its entrance carvings and the paintings on the ceilings. They had Jefferson's library inside then and a display of the most influential American books. Liked that I had read most of them.

Thank evetsc
Reviewed 26 September 2016

Did not do the guided tour but it was nice to walk around and see everything would probably do a guided tour next time.

Thank Chasity M
Reviewed 25 September 2016

As part of a day tour tis is where it ended leaving us free to look around. it is very impressive as many have already said and it has to be seen to be appreciated.

Thank lisajlb
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We were short of time so took the free hour long tour. Didn't catch the guide's name I'm afraid but he was great and really added to the experience. The marbled and mosaic foyer is stunning and we got a quick peak at the round...More

Thank Molly M
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Just being in this amazing building was high spot for me. So very beautiful you could spend a good hour just wandering around looking at every detail.

Thank Jugs56
Reviewed 25 September 2016

A must see place to add to any bucket list.The ground walked by many leading political & historical figures gives you goose bumps. Just try it.

Thank McJacks
Reviewed 25 September 2016

We had a wonderful tour set up by our congressman. I can't compare it to a "regular" tour but we had a very knowledgeable tour guide and enjoyed our time immensely!

Thank mommasita03
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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