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United Nations Headquarters

405 East 42nd Street, New York City, NY 10017 (Manhattan)
212-963-8687
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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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London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

Yes there is a queue to get through. But if you get a good tour guide, it's worth it. We have been on the tour no less than 5 times. Lots to learn and see. It's not as familiar to most as DC is. But you should see it.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The United Nations sits on the banks of the Hudson River. You can go on a guided tour and if you are lucky you may even see the Security Council Chamber and a meeting taking place. The flags out the front represent every country that is a member.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Given the importance of what goes on at the UN, we wanted to see it but it was quite disappointing. Apparently you can only go inside on a guided tour. Outside it is just a sprawling complex of concrete, the colourful flags were the only real thing of interest.

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25 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Took the Guided Tour last month. Unfortunately, could not visit the General Assembly owing to it being renovated. Visited the Security Council, though. Overall, I felt a sense of incompleteness, as we could not visit any other room, either owing to meetings or renovations. Our guide was reasonably good, though a little brusque at times. The gift shop guys were... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The UN is a hugely important global organisation with high ideals which does some fantastic work. However its approach to visitors could do with some improvement. Visitors are told to arrive 30 minutes early to pass through security this is understandable but passing though relatively quickly on the day I visited I was then herded into a small space with... More

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I was surprised to see this building when I was browsing in the street of Manhattan. It is interesting building near Tudor City. If you have time, just go and see it, it is nice.

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Coleraine, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Shocking 'tour' led by a brazilian lady who, with the greatest respect, seemed to have a very limited grasp of the subject. Extremely dull and fairly uninformative, it was essentially a walk along a corridor on the 3rd floor, where our guide extoled the virtues of all things the UN is invloved in but we neither saw nor learnt anything... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 via mobile

This is a humanity landmark!!! it represents the ideology of peace in a genius and modern architecture creation of the greatest Brazilian Architect Oscar Neimeyer !! If you have the opportunity to enter and visit its grounds you will have impressive views of the river, a nice garden and a good cafeteria!!

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Toronto, Canada
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We went there the same that the 125 wold leader ware talking about the global warming. We manage to see the delegates from many countries. It was particularly wire to see the delegation from Sierra Leona since we saw this 2 guys driving a top model BMW listening loud music been followed by tons of buddy guards and security.

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Marche, Italy
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Some places are glamour not because of the beauty of the place, but because of the myth that TV builds around them. The UN headquarter is one of those places. Seen with objective eyes, it is a skyscraper with a small garden facing the East river, with attached a place for meetings. But thinking at the powerful people of the... More

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