The Library of Congress
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.
Classical music concerts are offered free throughout the year at the Library of Congress concert hall located below ground.
AmenitiesOpen / Closes
- Accessible by Public Transportation
- Handicapped Accessible
- Self-Guided Tours
- Sunday - Closed