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United Nations Headquarters

405 East 42nd Street, New York City, NY 10017 (Manhattan)
212-963-8687
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Ranked #279 of 858 Attractions in New York City
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Visitors can learn about the UN's peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts by touring the complex, even when it is in session. Important notice: Because... more » Owner description: Visitors can learn about the UN's peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts by touring the complex, even when it is in session. Important notice: Because of the new public access regulations and limitations starting June 2013, please also note that tour tickets will NOT be sold on premises and a guided tour ticket for visitors is required to enter the UN Headquarters. « less
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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267 reviews 267 reviews
186 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

A great experience to see the building & the world flags as its world famous & as I have heard so much about the UN. Although I did not go inside due to lack of time, it was nice to see the SRILANKAN flag flying among the other world flags.

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Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I was very excited about my UN tour, which I booked online months before arriving in NY. As it turns out, I shouldn't have been. I arrived at the UN visitor's complex about 30 minutes prior to my tour appointment. There was a long line of people waiting outside the gate. The line was so long that you could not... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The UN is currently under construction so the visitor entrance, visitor gift shop, and General Council Chambers aren't accessible. The make-shift visitor entrance, waiting space, and book/gift stores are underwhelming. But the visit (my second) was great. Our tour guide was from Japan and was wonderful. There were simultaneous tours in other languages but the groups actually don't distract you.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
43 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We managed to snag the last time for a tour less than a week in advance, but I think we just got lucky, you'll probably need to book further in advance than that. The tour was really interesting, our guide, Lee, was very knowledgable and put her own spin on world events, and I learnt loads of things both about... More

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Plymouth, Michigan
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125 reviews 125 reviews
46 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Somewhere I read something that misled me into thinking that you just show up at the visitor center and sign up for a tour and, poof, you're in. Wrong. Tours fill up weeks to months in advance. My Model United Nations-loving son was sorely disappointed in Mom's poor planning since we were unable to get into a tour during our... More

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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62 reviews 62 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A visit to the United Nations Headquarters is a destination that should be included as part of a visit to New York City. Things that you'll learn about that you might yet know . . . -Is the United Nations Headquarters in the United States? -How much try influence does the United Nations really have? It's well worth the stop.

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Canada
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106 reviews 106 reviews
38 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

- Disappointing that the general assembly is closed. - The tour shows you the security council and 2 other chambers along with various donated gifts but all of this is on one floor/ hallway. - Overall under whelming. - The tour guide was knowledgeable and informative. And as expected also very glass half full view.

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London, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Have been here before and, as the building work has progressed, the GA is now not available for visiting. However, we did see all of the other chambers and got a tour of the garden. Our guide (1030hrs tour 01/08/14 in English) was extremely informative and knowledgeable for which, many thanks.

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New Providence, New Jersey
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177 reviews 177 reviews
80 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Granted, before I write this, I did not have a visitor pass ...I was their to work, then walked around. The reason was not impressed, which I perhaps should of been, is that the place needs an overhaul. Looks dirty. For a photo op, I would go, if I had 4 days, and it did everything else in Manhatten, and... More

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Berkshire, England
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

This is one you must book in advance - and arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your tour time. Interesting walk around the building with the chance to see a couple of the council chambers.

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