Library of Congress Jefferson Building

The Library of Congress Reading Room

The Library of Congress Reading Rooml

The Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress is perhaps the most magnificent building in Washington DC. The design of the building holds some of the richest public interiors in the United States, and its structure is a classical work of art. When it was finished some people actually criticized it for being too competitive with the Capitol building!

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, and it serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world! It adds about 10,000 items to its collection daily and is a literal gold mine of information with a collection of almost 128 million items including books, sound recordings, motion pictures, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.

Your Sonshine Tour guide can show you the books that belonged to Thomas Jefferson, who restarted the Library after the War of 1812, and you can take a peek into the Main Reading Room. To think, a library of all places, frequented by tours and field trips amounting to over a million visits per year, emerges as one of the major tourist attraction in Washington D.C.! It must be a great library!

Customized Smithsonian field trips can also include:

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