United Nations Headquarters, New York City

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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  • First time visiting UN headquarter. It's beautiful , and open outside of the building once you get through the gate after security check. The open space is a big contrast to the outside streets that l...  more »
  • The tour is great and fully recommended, but organisation to clear security is non existent and meant a 30 minute line on the street with no shade, in 100 degrees . No reason for it at all, such a pit...  more »
  • Come back after many years at the UN headquarters was living a special moment. As a child I saw in the UN the seat of Government in the world but then you realize that is not so and is only hoped that it will become in the future. In one hour guided tour allows you to see the halls of major Bodies and some of the most beautiful gifts received from various countries. A brief description of the activities and ongoing missions. A visit that allows to understand the effort that there is more to do.
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  • Definitely an informative tour. The focus is mostly on the history of the United Nations and the architecture of the major committee chambers you go through. Having gone twice now, I'd say that the quality of the tour guides is the luck of the draw. Some aren't as loud and that makes any accents they have harder to understand consistently. (Standing closer to them obviously helps, but even then it can be tough with the quiet ones.) A few things to note. 1) If you want to linger and enjoy the grounds, save your trip until it's warmer when the grounds are open. The tours tend to feel rushed later in the day. But definitely take in the exhibits and art on the first floor. 2) They apparently stopped stamping passports in 2017. But you can still buy stamps and postcards to send from their post office to have a neat keepsake. The shops close between 5:30 (post-office) and 5:50 (gift shop) so if your tour is scheduled later in the day, you may want to swing by the shops first.
  • Its great place to visit. I am happy I was able to show it to my family. We went by Air train and subway from JFK using a google directions. People were very helpful and assisted in finding the directions. It was not that difficult on the day we visited to buy tickets, not much crowd. However the security guards at the visitor's office were not good, then asked us to stop at the entrance door though there was no such sign to stop. But the tour guide did a good job by explaining. Its not only sight seen but can gain a lot of interesting information about UN by visiting.
  • We were not sure what to expect from this trip but we were pleasantly surprised. we were able to visit most of the areas of the UN. We visit the security council meeting room. Nevertheless this did not distract from the visit. The cafeteria there is very nice as is the book shop and gift shop - which endeavours to sell stuff from UN nations. Overall a great way to spend a few hours, well worth a visit. There are cafeterias in all floors and wings
  • I visited with my French class and took a tour with a French-speaking guide. They have very competent guides, and if you request early you can set a tour time in the language of your choice. We walked in on a council room in use briefly and saw a meeting in progress. We walked by beautiful works of art. And of course, we stepped into the iconic general assembly room. The overall place is unique and definitely worth a visit.
  • It was such an amazing experience. The Architecture is beautiful. I don't think any experience would beat this. I sat where the world's leaders sat. I saw the General Assembly hall. It was a terrific experience!
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