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United Nations Headquarters
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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.
Reviewed June 11, 2013

We visited the United Nations not sure what to expect.
Arrived just in time for the last tour which was not busy at all and did not have to wait.
It was very informative and amazing to see all the art that is on display.

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Reviewed June 7, 2013 via mobile

Spent the 1 hour tour going up and down the hall to various exhibits. Really wanted to see the general Assembly but it was closed for renovations. Luckily Got to see the security Council for a few minutes but not allowed to take any video. If council is in session then wouldn't be able to get in that wasn't mentioned on their website. Felt ripped off.

Thank rickmen
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Something we wanted to see as we thought this is were all the world convenes. The security around the building is unreal. We did tour the inside but only on our own. They do have tours available if you are interested but we opted to walk around on our own. Hi security even for that, check you bag(s), walk through a metal detector and discard any liquid beverage. I can say I've been there. We did see a lot of diplomat cars entering but you really can't tell who's coming or going.

Thank Sergio B
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

I visited the United Nations building in New York to look at the inside of the building. First of all I went through security procedures then proceeded further inside. The inside had various mounted displays which are seasonal. There was also a large Foucault pendulum on display, swinging away at the back of the stair case. A nice stained glass artwork adorned one of the walls.You could also go downstairs where there was a UN gift shop and UNICEF shop, as well as a Post Office and café.

I decided to buy a ticket for a UN tour. This was only $11. The guide took us into the Security Council and the General Assembly. Photos, but not video, were allowed. We also saw many displays on the work done by and role of the United Nations. On the way out we stopped once more at the Security Council which was then in session. Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General was speaking at the time.

After the tour I took another look at the inside of the building. Some parts looked a little worse for wear. The roof looked somewhat tatty. Afterwards I perused the outside looking for my home country flag. Fortunately they are in English alphabetical order.

Open: 9:00am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday
Nearest subway: Grand Central Terminal
Buses: M15, M27, M42 or M104


- you get to see the Security Council and General Assembly on the tour
- you get to see the background work of the UN
- the cost is relatively cheap
- it is a stop on the hop on-hop off bus tour
- you can take photos, but not if a meeting is in progress


- tours can fill up. The only tours might be later in the day
- it isn't close by to a subway station.
- you have to go through security procedures
- you can't take video
- café is closed during renovations
- not a lot to see inside if you don't do the guided tour


- Get there early (just after opening) to secure an early tour time slot

Note: From June 2013, tickets for tours are only available online. The Visitor Center will also move from the General Assembly building to the Hammarsjold Building at 42nd St and 1st Ave) until 2015. Tour access may be limited during this time.

Website: http://visit.un.org/wcm/content/

5  Thank Roddlez
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

My husband and I booked a tour of the UN and we came away with a greater understanding and appreciation. Although the building is in need of repairs and upgrades, it is still impressive to see everything the UN does and stands for. Don't miss going to the lovey gift store on the lower level.

Thank Bridgetmtl
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