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The Library of Congress

101 Independence Ave. SE
Thomas Jefferson Building
Washington, D.C., 20540, United States
TEL: (202) 707-5000
TEL: (202) 707-8000

A free exhibition that’s unfairly overlooked is The Library of Congress. Created by an act of Congress in 1800, this often-overlooked Washington landmark occupies a resplendent 1897 building connected by tunnel to the Capitol building. A bibliophile's dream, the Library of Congress hosts a staggering 144 million items on 532 miles of shelving, all organized beneath a gold-bedecked ceiling. (The mosaics, sculptures, and paintings of the Great Hall and Main Reading Room are themselves worth a trip down.) First drafts of the Declaration of Independence, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, and a Guttenberg Bible are all in residence, along with other historical treasures and 33 million books.

Insider Tip: Classical music concerts are offered free throughout the year at the Library of Congress concert hall located below ground.

Insider Tip:

Classical music concerts are offered free throughout the year at the Library of Congress concert hall located below ground.

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  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Indoor
  • Restaurant/Café
  • Self-Guided Tours
  • Sunday - Closed
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