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Thomas Jefferson Building - Guided Tours

SPECIAL FAMILY TOUR: June 19 to July 28—Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m.  For elementary children (ages 6 to 12) accompanied by an adult. Up to 25 participants (including adults) on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour leaves promptly from the Jefferson Ground Floor Center Information Desk.

Tour Description

Take a free one-hour walking tour of the historic Thomas Jefferson building to learn about its symbolic art and architecture. Volunteer docents tell the story of the Library, America's oldest cultural institution: its history, collections, and services for Congress and the nation.

Public Tour Schedule

Public tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis without prior reservations. Individuals and families with no more than 10 members may join a public tour. Inquire at the Jefferson Building, Ground Floor Information Desk for availability at least 30 minutes prior to tour time.

SPECIAL TOUR TIME: June 26--July 7 (M-F): First tour at 9:30 a.m.

Monday through Friday:

  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m.

Saturday:

  • 10:00 a.m. Family tour For elementary children (ages 6 to 12) accompanied by an adult. Up to 25 participants (including adults) on a first-come, first-served basis. Tour leaves promptly from the Jefferson Ground Floor Center Information Desk.
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 11:30 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

On federal holidays, the first tour begins at 9:30 a.m. NOTE: On days with especially high visitation (e.g. Presidents' Day and Columbus Day), the Library may offer a "build your own tour" experience with docents located throughout the building instead of a guided walking tour.

For more public events, check the Event Calendar.

Location

The Thomas Jefferson Building is located on First Street SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street. For the tour, please check at the Ground Floor Information Desk for availability.

Contact

Visitor Services Office: (202) 707-8000 or [email protected]

Group & Student Tours

Group tours are offered for 10-60 people from your organization or school (fourth grade and above). Reservations must be submitted two weeks in advance, but no more than three months prior to the tour date.

About group tours

Kids & Families

Pick up children's activity sheets at the Information Desks. See Saturday schedule above for information about family tours, or ask at an information desk. Bring your children to visit the Young Readers Center Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

More family activities

Accessibility

The Library buildings are fully accessible. A limited number of wheelchairs are provided at the Jefferson Building ground floor information desk.

More on accessibility

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