The Library's mission is to support the Congress in fulfilling its constitutional duties and to further the progress of knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people.
The Library of Congress is an intellectual's dream and a testament to the best things about Western Civilization. It offers a lot to satisfy those interested in research, education, history, American and Western heritage, architecture, and art. It's inner décor is absolutely dazzling, and there are…
Decking the Great Hall of the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building each December, the tree can be visited from the First Street SE entrance between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (the Jefferson Building is closed Sundays and on Christmas). We suggest you also read up on our guide to visiting the…
they have tours but its also just a beautiful building to walk around insider (the original building -- not the new one)
Step in real quick to see the stunning interior architecture of the largest library in the world.
The largest library in the world and one of the most prestigious, the stunning Library of Congress sits in three buildings and houses over 160 million items. It is also the oldest federal cultural institution in the U.S.
There’s more to see than just books at the world’s largest library. The Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, built between 1890 and 1897, is home to more than 50 commissioned paintings, murals and sculptures created by American artists.
One of the most beautiful buildings in town is the Thomas Jefferson building at the Library of Congress, open since 1897. Free walk-in tours discuss the art and architecture of the building, and the millions of items it holds as the world’s largest library, which researchers can access in the…
Probably one of the most overlooked Smithsonian museums. I like it because it’s interesting and quick. You can be in and out in 30-45 min, check out the Gutenberg bible.
“Take a self-guided tour of the Supreme Court, or maybe even hear an argument (when court is in session)”
“If you have enough time before your trip, contact your local Congressman and request a tour!”
“Bustling marketplace since 1873 featuring a variety of produce, handmade crafts & prepared foods.”
“National park mostly visited by locals. You'll see people picnicking with family and friends, people jogging, people walking their dogs. A nice spot to just relax and read a book.”