United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters
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09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
About
Standing on the eastern shore of Manhattan Island, on the banks of New York City’s East River, United Nations Headquarters remains both a symbol of peace and a beacon of hope. To its 18 acres come representatives of the earth’s seven billion people, to discuss and decide issues of peace, justice and economic and social well being. Visit the United Nations - It's your world!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Midtown East
How to get there
  • Grand Central – 42nd St • 10 min walk
  • Grand Central • 10 min walk
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  • AyemeGo
    San Jose, California38 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Guided tour great, not so much about the check in and guards.
    Our guide was regina from greece, a truly outstanding guide who was able to engage the kids and youths in our group. This was a highlight of our trip! The instructions for security check in at the building opposite the un building, entry through the guarded entrance directly across the security check building and then a separate check in within the building for the tour is pretty confusing as others have noted. So arrive early and ask for directions is my suggestion! Shops close at 5pm so you may want to do your shopping before the tour if ure doing a later afternoon tour. The same for photo taking of the flags too since they are raised and lowered every single day.The security guards were pretty rude, dismissive and not the most helpful especially if u ask them to repeat what they said. I think there should be a delineation for firm/ serious vs rude and dismissive. Good news is, once you get past them, the tour is great so hang in there! And pls get yourselves a guided tour!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Rebecca R
    London, United Kingdom57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for solo travellers
    I was really excited for this visit and think that the tour represents great value for money. You get to see all the main chambers and the tour guides are really knowledgable. I think some tour guides may be more “fun” than others but regardless of who you’ll get, I think you’ll likely come out with more knowledge than you went in with! Top tip: if you’re going for a tour at the end of the day, make sure you arrive early as you are free to wander around the ground floors of the building where you can see whatever exhibitions they have going on as well as a cafe, bookshop, gift shop and stamp shop!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Tradry
    Durham, North Carolina125 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hope in a Dark Time
    This was so great. After years of walking by, finally took the time for the tour, and so worth it. The building is very unique and loved learning about the different parts of the UN, the countries that encompass it and the mission. Small group of 16 led by an excellent tour guide, Jonathon. We were able to see inside each of the main meeting rooms which he said was because of the tour time (2:00 during which many areas are on lunch break).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 July 2023
  • tophergraham
    Glasgow, United Kingdom17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really interesting - well worth it.
    As a politics geek I've been keen to visit the UN for some time. It didn't disappoint. From the beautiful art out and inside, to the very knowledgeable tour guide we had, I feel like I gained quite a lot from our visit here. The only negative thing I have to say is that it was disappointing we couldn't get down to the floors of the committee rooms to take any photos, but I totally understand why this was.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Jotimetta
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a must in NYC!
    If you are in NYC, do visit the UN, the 1 hour tour is something you won't forget. The tour guides are brilliant, skilled, passionate and engaging - very knowledgeable about the UN, its activities and current events unfolding in our world. The general visitors tour is a must, each group is limited to 20 max. Do the Garden Tour if you can, right now only offered on Thursday afternoons. Just seeing the international and multicultural diversity of people visiting, working and respecting one another is impressive in itself.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Franziska K
    Mulhouse, France144 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice visit
    Nice visit, a little bit rushed through the different rooms. Would have loved to a little bit more time and explanations for each of the rooms/institutions. Would be great to give more explanations regarding the other UN centers in Geneva and Den Haag as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • sswant
    New York City, New York16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simple tour you need to feel the UN ambience
    Check in is slow and confusing--why don't they need to check everyone's ID in the same group? Tour is all about getting to see the important rooms appearing in the news. Would be great if people were allowed to go to the top floor of the main skyscraper.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Mona B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour!
    Great tour with a knowledgable guide. Got to see the most important council halls, and the buildings and exibitions were quite a sight. Remember to bring your ID for check-in. It's poorly signed when you enter the main building, so get your directions for the tour at the information desk.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Omar786123
    London, United Kingdom5 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rude security, lots of self-praise/propaganda
    Did the tour. Arrived 30 mins before and did the security Checkin across the street first. Underwhelmed. The building seems a little run down, and a lot of the tour was blatant UN- propaganda “look how great we are” “look how much the world spend on weapons” etc. Security was a little too strict, and the security guards themselves all seemed a bit rude, from check-in itself.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 October 2023
  • louverstraelen
    Dromana, Australia80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    United Nations info!
    It was terrific to see the UN building and learn about the various chambers and business undertaken therein. The membership of the UN and the rules about votes and applications to join were also informative! The artwork and gifts in display were impressive and the tour guide was excellent! I really enjoyed it all!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 October 2023
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Emily S
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
My 12 year old nephew really wanted to visit the UN. This was a great tour actually!! I learned a lot. It wasn’t a long tour, which is great because there’s so much to do in NYC.
Written 13 June 2024
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SeeTheW0rld62
Sunnyvale, CA2,069 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
This was the first time that I took the tour of the UN. It's about a 45 minute tour. You get to see the rooms where the councils and General Assembly meet. It's very interesting.
Written 24 May 2024
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Omar M
Montreal, Canada43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Excellent tour by the UN guide, clear explanation. A recommended activity for kids to present the UN and explain how it functions.
Written 6 May 2024
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Erik H
Zwolle, The Netherlands11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It was very interesting to see places where history is made. Good guide, with behind the scenes information and she explained the way the UN works in a clear way.
Written 6 May 2024
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Elleface89
53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Visited here on holiday for the guided tour. It was great and very informative.
The staff at the check-in and security areas were all polite and helpful. Only annoyance was other people pushing in at the security queue.
Written 5 May 2024
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margaret O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
One of the best tours I’ve ever done. Our guide was exceptional. Knowledgeable and passionate about the role of the United Nations.
Written 27 April 2024
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Daniel U
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The tour was fascinating, with a very well informed guide. However, do not use their post office. My mother worked at the UN in the 60's, so I purchased five postcards with postage for her and several of her friends, most of whom are elderly and like to receive mail. One month later, when they didn't arrive, I sent the UN post office a very pleasant email asking if perhaps they were still on the way. In response I got a very terse email essentially telling me to go #$%@ myself. Very disappointing.
Written 16 April 2024
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DealFinder50
Honolulu, HI27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
What you need to know.
1. The check in area is not particularly clearly marked. It is on the corner of 1st and 45th. The door on the right is the entrance door. It was locked when I arrived, but the security officer opened it after a few seconds.
2. You will need your ID twice. Once as you walk in the door and AGAIN when they take your picture (so don't put it away).
3. Once badged walk across the street to the security entrance which is just off to the left side. It is a full airport like security screening.
4. There are different types of tours, so chose carefully!
5. At the end of the tour, you will be taken down to the UN "gift" Store, Cafe, UN post office and UN bookstore and restrooms. There was also 2 non profits, directly to the left as you come out of the elevators. One of them has wonderful quality T-shirts, from $10-$20 and the other has various artistic prints. Finally the UN has its own post office! You can purchase postcards AND UN stamps and have mail postmarked from the UN.
Written 9 April 2024
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Frank
Gross-Umstadt, Germany8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Learn something about an amazing organization, that is working on making our world a better place.
See the rooms you know from the news.
Written 3 April 2024
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Irene O
Miami, FL548 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The grounds are beautiful. We bought our tickets in advance. The tour guide assigned was from South Korea and she took us around the building and explained the mission of the UN.
Written 29 March 2024
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