Library of Congress, Washington DC

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With nearly 7,000 books added to its collection every day, Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, established in 1800 to prove to the world that the United States was a cultured country. The library's nearly 850 km (530 mi) of shelves hold 32 million books and 61 million manuscripts. Boasting the largest rare book collection in North America, the library also houses one of only three remaining vellum copies of the famous Gutenberg Bible. Dedicated to organizing information from the past three centuries, this institution preserves approximately 1 million newspaper issues, 500,000 microfilm reels, 5 million maps, 3 million sound recordings, and nearly 15 million prints and photographic images. Start your quest for knowledge at the visitor center, where you can arrange for a guided tour of the reading rooms. Arrange to visit Library of Congress and other attractions in Washington DC using our Washington DC holiday planner.
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  • Preparing to go so I called to ask about the 1 hour tour, that I have read about, but he said they no longer give tours. So I will watch one online then download their map, when there, to see what I.....  more
    Preparing to go so I called to ask about the 1 hour tour, that I have read about, but he said they no longer give tours. So I will watch one online then download their map, when there, to see what I.....  more »
  • Best tourist attraction in my opinion to visit in Washington DC. Building is absolutely stunning inside and exhibitions were really interesting. At the time I visited, I needed to book a time slot... 
    Best tourist attraction in my opinion to visit in Washington DC. Building is absolutely stunning inside and exhibitions were really interesting. At the time I visited, I needed to book a time slot...  more »
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  • You need tickets to get in. They don't cost any money, they're just there to limit the amount of people inside. So make sure you get tickets! It's beautiful! The architecture and paintings are amazing! And there are plenty of tours and people around who can give information about various exhibits or items on display. If you're in DC I highly recommend attempting to visit
  • Glorious! Amazing! A palace dedicated to knowledge and art! We have been a dozen times and I will never get tired of that building. You couldn't learn all of the amazing stories and intricacies of the art and architecture if you went every day for a year! Go! Soak in the grandeur!

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