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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 #281 of 856 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

I was hoping there's a plaza for visitors to take pictures of the building and the flag, turns out it's high security area and completely gated 360 degrees, no plaza no park. location isn't the most convenient either so I basically wasted some time to take pictures of the gates

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Take a minute and visit the United Nations Headquarters! We hear so much about what is happening in the world and what the UN is doings, but it makes a lot more sense if you have a hands on visit. Our guide was knowlegable and able to acquaint us with the poignant works of art there as well as answer... More

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Bath, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Turned up with a view to going in and seeing the UN buildings, but was told I had to do so online. I had visited about 20 years ago and didn't have to go through this formality and it was my fault for not checking. It did however feel a little bit heavy-handed by the security staff and given that... More

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The UN facilities are currently undergoing extensive renovation. We were able to see two of the three council chambers—all of which had active meetings during our visit. The general assembly hall was closed for construction. Most of the tour focused on the mission of the UN and its many activities. There were some displays in the hallway to aid in... More

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This was a great tour. The General Assembly Hall was closed for renovations but it is supposed to open in October, but even without this, it was still well worth it. Our tour guide was excellent. There are exhibits of UN programs, items from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Berlin Wall, and more. We went into the Security Chambers and a... More

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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Of all the things to do in New York, visiting and taking a tour of the UN HQ was perhaps the most interesting. Must see!

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My wife and I were fortunate to have friends who used to work at the UN so I was excited when they took us for a personal tour of the UN Headquarters. We went there a little after lunch time but managed to get some food at the cafeteria. It was cool eating lunch with a great view of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

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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Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

an interesting place to see, for who like to discover where all world leaders meet!security were kind and polite (from all nationalities !)

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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