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United Nations Headquarters

Address: 405 East 42nd Street, New York City, NY 10017 (Manhattan)
Phone Number: 212-963-8687
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Ranked #211 of 633 Attractions in New York City
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Owner description: Visitors can learn about the UN's peacekeeping and humanitarian...
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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.
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

It was terrific to experience and learn more on the United Nations its missions and charters. Was great value and to be "behind the scenes" was so interesting. Not just great for kids but for people of all ages.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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17 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

I've noticed some other reviewer complaints about "closed Security Council being closed" etc, well, you need to expect some curve balls - essentially we're intruding into a work environment. When you walk along the river-side pathways, you'll notice startling sculptures. One is of a boat with several passengers; there is something very bleak about the whole sculpture. Someone asked the... More 

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Camberley
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10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Booked a tour of the headquarters followed by lunch in the delegates lounge. The lunch had to be booked by phone. Started badly with the reception girl having no knowledge of how you got to the delegates lounge after the tour, and not prepared to do anything to help. However the security guard gave us the info we needed. The... More 

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Geelong, Australia
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I cannot emphasise enough the need to book this on line. There is absolutely no way you can get on the official tour without an e-ticket booked in advance. We booked hours the night before and chose the first tour time (9.45am) the other times were (from memory) 10.15am and similarly spaced times through to 5pm. The place is (understandably)... More 

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Omemee, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is the fifth tour I have done of the United Nations. I have had great tours and tours lacking in enthusiasm and this one was not the worst, but far from the best. The quality of the tour is totally dependent upon the guide and you have no say in who you get as a guide. It is all... More 

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northern california
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Terrific behind the scenes look at an amazing facility. Our tour guide was informative and interesting, and we got to see some amazing sights. The General Assembly was unavailable due to some repair work being done, but it was still a great experience. Since the grounds are not considered part of the United States, you can say you visited over... More 

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Vancouver
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

There were several tour groups happening at the same time in the same area which I found to be quite distracting and it made hearing our guide difficult. There were many interesting and informative displays but I found the tour proceeded too quickly in one hour to adequately view everything. Unfortunately, the General Assembly Hall was still closed to the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

historic powerful center of international affairs. didn't take the tour, just stopped and admired the structure. nice building worth a stop

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have been visiting the UN Building for over 11 years and I am disgusted this year at having to pay $18 dollars + $2 ticket issue fee just to use the Café, Post Office and spend money in the gift shops. Seriously don't need a tour of the place. I rightly refused to pay this and so the UN... More 

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Perth
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35 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

It is ideal to book your tickets for the UN in advance. The entry is basic and belies what will follow. The tour is an excellent, up close look at the operations of the UN with acces to the main chambers and knowledgable tour guides. The tour groups are small and allow for questions and plenty of time for photography.... More 

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