Library of Congress Guided Tour10 First St SE Washington, DC 20540
Check out the Library of Congress on this two-hour guided tour. You'll start outside by getting an up-close look at the iconic fountain and the sculptures that adorn the building. Then head inside and up to the top floor of the Jefferson Building to view the Mezzanine Gallery, the Minerva Mosaic, the Great Reading Room and Thomas Jefferson's Library. Along the way, your knowledgeable guide will tell you about the early history of the Library of Congress and how it's maintained by Congress. On the second floor, you'll get a rare glimpse of the Gutenbergand Mainz bibles in the Bible Gallery. Pass by the ornate Great Hall and see the classical architecture and paintings by over 50 famous American artists. Then head back to the ground floor to visit the Bob Hope Gallery, the Gershwin Room, the Graphic Arts Gallery and Library Shop. You'll be able to view some of Bob Hope's personal papers, his famous joke file, and other memorabilia donated by one of the most famous entertainers in American history. See the first room dedicated to musicians in the Gershwin Room, where you'll George's grand piano and Ira's typewriter. Before you leave, stop in at the Library of Congress' Gift Shop.
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