United Nations Headquarters, New York City

Government Building · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Most of the important functions of the United Nations are coordinated at United Nations Headquarters. Considered to be international ground, the complex includes the buildings of Secretariat, General Assembly, Library, and Conferences. See some of the main council chambers of the United Nations, and learn about the ways it deals with issues such as disarmament, peace and security, and human rights. Visit the postal counter where you can buy stamps that can only be mailed from the United Nations. The site also has a bookstore and shop where you'll find traditional handicrafts, gifts, and accessories. In order to be eligible for a tour, you need to purchase a ticket in advance online. Arrange your visit to United Nations Headquarters and discover more family-friendly attractions in New York City using our New York City trip itinerary maker website.
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  • The United Nations is on the East River in NYC, it goes by the soubriquet of Turtle Bay. It's called "the largest organisation in the world" because almost every nation in the world is a member...  more »
  • Getting in takes patience and time - first register across the street then go through security and get into the grounds. Without the tour you can only see the lobby and the gift shop (no tours on...  more »
  • Grab a taxi in New York city and make your way to the HQ of the UN; right outside the huge building you'll see a large statue of a huge gun with the barrel wrapped up like a shoe lace. Outside the...  more »
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  • Don’t bother coming on the weekends, there really isn’t much to do other than walk around the General Assembly and the courtyard. Try getting a tour if you can. However, the building itself is really impressive, and is filled with history. The overall feel from the interior is reminiscent of an upscale conference centre from the 80s.
  • Good place to visit with kids. There could be too many views expressed on the organization by too many people depending on which side of the coin they see. But helps to show the next generation the lofty ideals and vision envisioned by great people. Who knows one of those kids might be inspired enough to go on to further those ideals.
  • Really cool place to visit. Highly recommend a tour. Its cool to see the general assembly and the building but the tours are more informational. Tours fill up fast so I recommend doing your research and arriving early!
  • Really an incredible experience to tour the United Nations headquarters. We were very lucky that all of the conference rooms were available for us to tour. Please arrive early because we need to go across the street and through security there prior to starting the tour. Make sure you have the appropriate identification. I highly recommend this to her to anyone.
  • The foyer of the UN Building is very interesting, but going on the tour is even better. To see the Security Council and General Assembly chambers gives a real sense of history. Hearing how the UN works is very informative. Access. To access UN Building need security clearance which is obtained across the street. One of family or couple need to produce govt issued ID with photo eg passport or drivers license. Bag check and metal scan before entry.

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