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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 #280 of 851 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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Winnipeg, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Our tour guide was amazing! She was very knowledgable and answered all our questions. It was fascinating to go into the Security Council Chambers knowing the importance of the decisions being made there. And, bring your passport to get stamped at the post office.

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Many years ago I had the opportunity to visit New York, I walked to the UN Headquarters and I had the opportunity to wander among the flags of the nations. This time, with the renovations and the reality of the security concerns of our world as it is, we could only view the buildings from behind security fencing. A disappointment.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our guide Maki was superb! Although the main building was under renovation, we still saw many important buildings and monuements. The tour only lasted 1 hour but quite a lot of info was packed in with plenty of time for questions. Everything was explained clearly and humour was often added. We got to see the Security Council room and ECOSOC... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Our tour was good enough. I have to imagine that this is a tough tour to give, being politically neutral in all respects and especially with the building under renovation. Or family had an ok time and the tour was just the right length of time for them. Was bummed that we missed the Security Council chamber, but given the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The tour of the UN HQ in NYC was the low point of our trip to NYC. The tour was very brief running for 45 mins and we were shown inside some rooms including the security council and other chambers. This would have been excused if the guide had provided us with information about how the UN functions. We asked... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

First up, make sure you book ahead of time for this one, and get there early enough to clear security. Secondly, if you're visiting anytime soon, you should note that the General Assembly chamber is currently closed for renovation so you can't visit that space during your tour. Overall a neatly run hour-long tour, and although the guide wasn't terrific... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Hard to access and not hugely clear where to go. From the website I assumed you could go in and have a look around (not on a guided tour) for free, however you have to buy a ticket and have to buy one online prior to going you can't just rock up on the day and buy one which was... More

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Cowpens, South Carolina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went with the intentions of learning all about the United Nations and seeing all types of things about other nations. That was not the case. Since renovation is going on, we only got to 'tour' one corridor of the United Nations. We did get to go into two meeting rooms and the tour guide explained the purpose of the... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The only way to tour the UN is with a guided tour with pre-purchased and printed out tickets. Large foreign tour groups often sell out the tours, which have limited specific hours- so get the tickets in advance. There is significant but efficient security- as you can imagine.The first thing stated by your international guide (ours was Austrian) is that... More

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Hampstead, North Carolina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Was a little confusing as to where to go but once we were in it was very interesting. The guards at the gate were abrupt and curt but again once inside everyone was very friendly. Our guide was very informative as we moved through the various chambers. You do have to prebook your tickets.

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