Great Hall
A rough draft of the Declaration of Indepence (found in the Top Treasures section)

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826). Original Rough Draught of the Declaration of Independence. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress

The American Treasures Exhibition has closed and is now available online only.

Current Exhibitions

The American Treasures of the Library of Congress exhibition is an unprecedented permanent exhibition of the rarest, most interesting or significant items relating to America’s past, drawn from every corner of the world’s largest library. On display in the Jefferson Building Treasures Gallery in Washington, D.C., the American Treasures exhibition presents more than 250 items arranged in the manner of Thomas Jefferson’s own library, the seed from which the present collections grew: Memory (History); Reason (Philosophy, including Law, Science and Geography); and Imagination (Fine Arts, including Architecture, Music, Literature and Sports).