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“Children's tour a must”

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.
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“Children's tour a must”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

We booked the tour online about a month before visiting the UN. They only run the children's tours once a week on a Thurs at 4:15, and you do need to book in advance. The security to get into the UN is strict as expected, and once inside we spent some time looking at the gift shop and sending a postcard home (with the UN postmark) from the UN post office. The tour lasted an hour and was ideally suited to children. Each child got an activity book and got to complete the applicable page at each stop. It was great that the guide recognised that kids can't stand for an hour and let them sit at each stop. There was role playing to explain certain concepts, and we got to see the Security Council. My 10 year old loved the tour (as did I!)

Visited June 2013
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“History of UN and World Awareness”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

This is a great spot to go with children or international guests who have an interest in world affairs.

Still in a decade long + upgrade it is not visually great upon the entrance but once you are inside it is worth the visit.

There is a "silent" meditation room in the main building which is a place to ponder and know you have been in a place where many world leaders have taken a moment of their lives to stop and think about humanity. This alone makes the visit worthwhile.

There is a beautiful outdoor path if you go when the weather is nice with great views of East River.

Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Worth paying for the tour”
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.

Visited October 2012
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“Disappointing main attraction closed”
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.

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Vaughan, Canada
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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.

Visited April 2013
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