The new Experience is comprised of four presentations that showcase the beauty of the Library and the wealth of its collections. In the Art and Architecture of the Thomas Jefferson Building, the Great Hall is brought to life using interactive technology allowing visitors to zoom in on the artistic and architectural details of the space. In addition, the Library’s Bible collection, which includes the Giant Bible of Mainz and the Gutenberg Bible, includes interactive presentations that document the history of Western ideas, religion, art, printing and illustration.
The “Creating the United States” exhibition tells the story of how our Founding Fathers used creativity, collaboration and compromise to form our nation, with a focus on the words and phrases that created the republic. Visitors can examine and interact with historic drafts of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s copy of the Constitution and John Beckley’s Bill of Rights.
Thomas Jefferson’s Library features thousands of original volumes that provided the foundation for the Library of Congress and its universal collections. They also can navigate books through page-turning technology and learn how one of America’s greatest thinkers was inspired.