The Library of Congress is considered as the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. While its exterior architecture is stunning, the inside is just as grandeur and beautiful.

The paintings on the ceiling are incredible and you have plenty of time to spare, read the quotes on the walls and ceilings.

It started with Thomas Jefferson’s personal collection of 6,500 volumes, and now it houses more than 34 million books, including the Gutenberg Bible. You need a reader ID card to enter the reading room.

Library of Congress Picture

Library of Congress Picture

The interior architecture.

Library of Congress Picture

Library of Congress Picture

Library of Congress Picture

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The outside architecture is also a work of art.

Library of Congress Picture

Library of Congress Picture

Contact.

Address: 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
Phone Number: (202) 707-5000

Hours.

It is open usually from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. All buildings are closed to the public on Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Year’s Holidays. The Madison and Adams buildings are closed on all federal holidays.

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