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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 #244 of 830 attractions in New York City
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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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Really glad we went to this tour. It was total mayhem when we arrived as there was a large school party (about 8 coaches of foreign students) which all had to go through security. They are redveloping the entrance at the moment, so a temporary entrance does not help matters here. Still, the staff were as quick as possible to... More

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Vancouver
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

I visited the UN Building, because its a pretty important place. The line was moderate, but moved very quickly through security and inside. There are some interesting things to see and read, also a well stocked gift shop. However, we elected not to take the guided tour due to time constraints. Without the guided tour, you don't get to see... More

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NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

So much history and so much decision making in once place. Probably the most important place in NYC. You will come away both enlightened and curious to learn more about world affairs.

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Reims, France
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A very informative tour, well organised. Our guide was very competent and answered all our questions with a great sense of humor.

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Brisbane
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Was keen to do the guided tour ($20.00) as I was interested in the history of the UN and in particular, the events that occurred here in the past. Guided tour was hosted by very knowledgeable guides. General Assembly Building was closed due to renovations at the time and access to other halls within the other parts of the complex... More

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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I have been to quite a few model UN conferences so was quite excited about seeing where it all happens in the real world, but the UN HQ tour is a bit underwhelming. Firstly, if you go in winter you will likely not get to see all the flags of the 193 member states flying out the front as they... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

I paid for the pre booked tour, which overall was fine I guess, but $20 seem a lot when you can go up the Empire State for $27. I didn't find anything out that I couldn't have googled (and on more than one occasion that's what the guide told me to do when I asked a question...) and you can't... More

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Corning
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

An important and nice place but not especially impressive given other options in New York. Worth visiting because of the UN's key worldwide role.

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Sydney, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

At first we were bummed out by the fact you must pre purchase tickets. But the security guards were very patient and courteous in how they explained the process of getting tickets to us. (We ducked into the nearest Starbucks to use wifi to buy tickets, and were admitted past security when we showed them a screenshot of our transaction).... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If you have an interest in 20th Century history a visit to the UN is a must. We were in a guided tour being led by a lass from Colombia. Female staff are encouraged to wear their national dress when leading tours. She was very knowledgeable about the operations of the UN and its Headquarters building. We were fortunate to... More

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