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United Nations Headquarters, New York City

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Government Building Historic Site
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. Plan to visit United Nations Headquarters during your New York City vacation using our convenient New York City vacation generator.
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  • We had booked tickets for a guided tour online. The tour was informative and it was especially interesting to see the general assembly hall. The tour guide however was very unenthusiastic and didn't s...  more »
  • Our tour guide was so "robotic" that it was hard to fully appreciate. Not only did she speak very fast, it was clear that she does this tour day in and day out, and doesn't need to think about what sh...  more »
  • This was one of the highlights of our trip to NYC. We had booked well ahead as you need to ensure you get the right language tour! There is understandably tight security so turn up early for your slot...  more »
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  • The headquarters of the United Nations is a stunning complex that anyone should visit on their first trip to New York City. The buildings are surrounded by original sculptures and statues. The guided visits are very informative and the friendly guides answer all your questions. The pieces exhibited inside recall amusing, creative or emotional anecdotes tracing back the history of what might be the world's most important intergovernmental organization.
  • Great place to visit. Tour guide was very good. Interesting to see the inside of general assembly and security council. You don't have to have a tour booked to go inside the complex (but you do to see the general assembly and council chambers). You must check in St security office across the road from entrance before going through the security check.
  • First of all, I have to say, the UN building itself is majestic and grand. If you are visiting NYC, and you do not check UN out, you are doing it wrong. Before you enter UN, you have to go to visitor check-in office to obtain a visitor pass, which is located in opposite the street. Staffs will check your ID, ask you have you ever been to UN before and take a quick photo of you, finally, hand a visitor pass to you. Make sure visitor pass was pasted on visible place of you (like arm or chest) before you enter UN. If you want to know UN better, you can book your tour in advance on UN website, or hit up the tour desk which is in the end of lobby, but it would be better, if you prior check tour timetable online, especially foreign language tour. Independent visitors are only allowed to gift shop, post office, book store, cafeteria, lobby and outdoor square. There is a photo ops on first floor, which captured you are signing agreement. Cafeteria, post office, shops in the basement. There is a stamp desk next to post office, you can get one UN stamp on your passport or whatever for free as a keepsake. There are so many delicate craftwork from different country in gift shop.
  • Definitely worth a visit. You can sign up for a guided tour online. So much history, so many amazing anecdotes, so telling of how peace is valued by member states...
  • I was a little mad because we didn't get to see anyone in session, but the place is so beautiful and big and the views from outside are absolutely wonderful.