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United Nations Headquarters

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Address: 405 E 42nd St, New York City, NY 10017-3507
Phone Number: 212-963-8687
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Visitors can learn about the UN's peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts by...

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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We had wanted to go here for some time, but you really need to book your tickets ahead of arriving in NYC. Even if you have tickets, you need to check-in across the street, so... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Carlow, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Firstly, to enter the UN buildings there is an office across the road where you must register. I did this twice and it took no more than 15 minutes but this may depend on queues. There is no charge to be registered but you must have your photo id with you (passport). Once you are registered then you can enter... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour was recommended by friends and it didn't disappoint. We booked the day before, online, which was relatively easy, but be aware that security requires you to arrive an hour before your tour. We did this and checked in at the office across the road which took 2 mins and so went straight in. Once you are in the... More 

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Sacramento
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had wanted to go here for some time, but you really need to book your tickets ahead of arriving in NYC. Even if you have tickets, you need to check-in across the street, so when the tickets say arrive 1 hour early--they mean it. The tour goes by really, really fast and I wish that we had more time... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The U.N. Tour takes you inside this famous building, giving you a chance to view what goes on inside. For starters, make sure you order your tickets AHEAD OF TIME. Upon arrival, you go across the street and get an ID for your group, while the others in your party get a color-coded bracelet. You then cross back to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Before entering the UN grounds you need to get cleared across the street. Also times for English tours sell out so it is wise to book then on line in advance. Our tour guide was excellent (from south Korea) - very knowledgeable and open about the accomplishments and the problems of the UN. Seeing the various chambers is to see... More 

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Queens, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a 1hr tour of the UN, led by "Aaron" from Brazil. We are not really "tour" people but there were 20 people in the group and it didn't even seem that large. We found the tour very interesting, and never got bored. We saw all the rooms/chambers and had time to take pics in all the rooms. The... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Must visit place in New York, while it is still UN headquarter. It has a beautiful rose garden , good time visit will be May-June .

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Barton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When visiting the UN building, at least one of your group needs to have some form of picture ID, luckily my other half had his Driving Licence with him. You then go to a small building across the road and get a pass to get onto the UN grounds. Once in the grounds, there are a number of art objects... More 

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After skimming a deluge of reviews citing lengthy lines and hour-long waits, I decided not to plan for an in-depth exploration of the UN HQ but rather a 15-min quick tour alongside the arc of flags. When we arrived, however, there was no "mile-long" line but rather a [spectacularly multilingual] security officer who told us we could buy tickets and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you remember to take your passport they can stamp it cause you have been in 193 countries. The tour guide we had could spoke 7 languages. She was knowable about current events and passed, gave us a refresher course. It's a great tour they have a great gift shop with items for all over. The I think 7 candidates... More 

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