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“The Capture of Tenochtitlán” from Exploring the Early Americas

“The Capture of Tenochtitlán” from Exploring the Early Americas

Visit the Library of Congress and experience the world’s largest collection of culture and creativity like never before.  The Thomas Jefferson Building features exhibitions and installations that bring the Library’s unparalleled collections to life.  Whether you are in Washington, D.C., or at home, let the Library of Congress take you on a unique and personal journey through history and culture.  Millions of items are waiting for you—explore, discover, and be inspired.

American Ballet Theatre: Touring the Globe for 75 Years

Performing Arts Reading Room, First Floor, James Madison Building
August 14, 2014–January 24, 2015

The exhibition highlights ABT’s seventy-five year history with objects drawn from the Library’s American Ballet Theatre Collection, as well as from its extensive dance and music collections.

A Thousand Years of the Persian Book

South Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
March 27, 2014–September 20, 2014

Explores a millennium of Persia’s rich literary tradition with materials selected from the outstanding Persian collection in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division.

Mapping a New Nation: Abel Buell’s Map of the United States, 1784

North Gallery, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
November 11, 2013–Present

Abel Buell’s New and Correct Map of the United States of North America is the first map of the newly independent United States compiled, printed, and published in America by an American. This important early American map is known to exist in only seven copies. Philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has generously placed his copy of the map at the Library.

A Day Like No Other: Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
August 28, 2013–August 30, 2014

Transports visitors to the momentous day of the March on Washington—a day that transformed our nation—when 250,000 people participated in the largest nonviolent demonstration for civil rights that Americans had ever witnessed.

Hope for America: Performers, Politics and Pop Culture

Bob Hope Gallery of American Entertainment, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
June 11, 2010–Ongoing

Politicians and entertainers have dominated public life in America for much of the twentieth century. Members of both professions have found their worlds increasingly entangled. The exhibition explores some of these entanglements, focusing on the careers of Bob Hope and other entertainers who were involved in the political climate of their times. Explore artifacts that represent an array of viewpoints on the interplay of politics and entertainment in American public life.

Thomas Jefferson's Library

Southwest Pavilion, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
April 11, 2008–Ongoing

Take a trip through a re-created version of Jefferson’s library, which assembles 6,487 volumes that founded the Library of Congress, and learn how one of America’s greatest thinkers was inspired through the world of books.

Exploring the Early Americas

Northwest Gallery, Second Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
December 12, 2007–Ongoing

Examine indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and the resulting changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds, which features selections from the Jay I. Kislak Collection. This exhibit also features Martin Waldseemüller’s 1507 map of the world—the first on which the word “America” appears.

Herblock Gallery

Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
March 18, 2011–Ongoing

The Herblock Gallery celebrates the work of editorial cartoonist Herbert L. Block—better known as "Herblock"—with an ongoing display of ten original drawings, to change every six months, drawn from the Library's extensive Herbert L. Block Collection.

Swann Gallery

Graphic Arts Galleries, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
March 18, 2011–Ongoing

The Swann Gallery introduces visitors to the fascinating world of caricatures, political cartoons, comics, animation art, graphic novels and illustrations. A permanent memorial exhibition features fifteen facsimiles of treasured cartoons from the Swann and other cartoon collections, which represent the broad range of holdings in the Library of Congress.

Library of Congress Bibles Collection

Great Hall East, First Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
April 11, 2008–Ongoing

Explore the significance of two monumental Bibles that face each other in the Library’s Great Hall—the Giant Bible of Mainz and the Gutenberg Bible. Through an interactive presentation, examine pages from these Bibles and learn about sixteen selected Bibles from the Library’s collections.

Here to Stay: The Legacy of George and Ira Gershwin

Gershwin Gallery, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
December 11, 2008–Ongoing

Experience the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s in this permanent tribute to the brothers who helped provide a musical background to the period. The exhibition contains a wealth of materials that provide insight into their careers and personalities, including manuscript and printed music, lyric sheets and librettos, personal and business correspondence, photographs, paintings, and drawings, all from the Gershwin Collection in the Music Division of the Library of Congress, the world's preeminent resource for materials about the Gershwins.

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