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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 #168 of 614 Attractions in New York City
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My "Star Wars" paraphrase title was because I'm reviewing a place I visited back in 1969 and used old notes I took at the time to write this review. I lived in that area of the country back then, but have long since moved West and have been back to NYC only once, in 2004. To submit this review, I... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I loved the UN Headquarters! The tour was very professional and lead by a very knowledgeable woman. Lots of new information and a chance to view inside the Security Council and General Assembly! Would definitely do this tour again!

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The greatest thing about this tour is that you could go a second time and get a different experience from a different guide. The guides I noticed had the flexibility to somewhat customize where they went in the garden, what facts they shared, and then of course depending on the questions your group asks you'll hear different things. You could... More 

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UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

You have to book online before your tour and make sure you arrive early as you have to pass through security before you get to the waiting area. It's well worth a visit as you get to see all the famous chambers of the UN and learn about the decision making process. Our tour guide wasn't very good, it seemed... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

After doing all the regular things like 9/11. Statue of Liberty etc, we were looking for something different to do to fill in our remaining days in New York. We booked tickets for guided tour of the United Nations Headquarters. You have to go through security first then wander over to the main building to check in for your tour.... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

As a kid, my parents took me there just about every year. Hadn't been inside in a long time but had the opportunity with a friend whose sister works there. We had a private group tour with a guide that trains other guides so was most informative. There is a lot of security to get into the building which isn't... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We booked this tour in advance of travelling to the USA. We enjoyed the tour and were able to see the Security Council Chamber. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Important to remember that you must book before, and cannot merely arrive at the UN to undertake the tour.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

I enjoyed my visit to the UN as I'm a bit of a geek that way. Our guide wasn't that friendly though - she had a bit of an attitude, slapping people down when they incorrectly answered her questions. Bit rude, really. When I visited, the main chamber was closed for asbestos removal which was disappointing. The other chambers we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We couldn't get in as it was closed for public holiday, and all the flags were down which was a bit disappointing, but the buildings are very impressive. Security staff were obviously bored and just talking crap amongst themselves.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Important place and therefore we also booked the guided tour. The guide was very engaged. Unfortunately we couldn't see neither the security council (busy) nor general assembly (ongoing reconstruction works). Don't come to early, because they allow you only entry 20 minutes before the start of your guided tour. Entrance for the tour is close to 47th street.

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