United Nations Headquarters

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United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters
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We regret to inform you that in an abundance of caution and as a preventative measure amidst the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, United Nations Headquarters is closed to the public and guided tours have been suspended effective immediately until 31 March. For more information and updates please visit: Facebook, Twitter, & un.org/visit We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Visitors can learn about the UN's peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts by touring the complex, even when it is in session. NEW! Now offering VIRTUAL TOURS! Please visit our website for more information and bookings: un.org/visit
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Neighbourhood: Midtown East
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  • Grand Central – 42nd St • 10 min walk
  • Grand Central • 10 min walk
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,512 contributions
Tour the world's largest organisation
Dec 2020
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. Tours, which last around an hour, are conducted every hour from Monday to Friday. You must purchase a ticket, either online or from the visitors' centre. Tours are conducted in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic and Russian. You can learn a lot about the UN from a tour, just make sure you book in advance.
Written 8 January 2021
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Vesna M
Zagreb, Croatia289 contributions
Well worth the hassle of getting in
Sep 2019
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 Saturday or Sunday!) , so for a full experience be sure to reserve a time. The tour time slots fill up quickly, so be sure to plan ahead, because it's worth it. Knowledgeable guides. Various languages available.
Written 31 August 2020
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Daniel C
Middlesbrough, UK162 contributions
The Nations of the world
Jul 2019
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 building are more than a hundred flags of all the member nations. Once inside you can join a tour guide who takes you into the main meeting rooms, a huge hall with the symbol of the UN hanging above where all the member nations sit and discuss issues. You'll also find a UN flag torn and tattered from its time in the Iraq war; you'll find the history of the UN and see a statue which survived the Atomic bomb drop in Japan, it fell forward into the ground so its face is well preserved but its back has wrinkled like old skin. You'll also see all of the things that the UN does in the world, like humanitarian work and you'll find some interesting items, like a machine gun which has been turned into a guitar. The tour should take an hour or two, make sure you bring enough money and arrive in time to join a tour group; when I visited one person rushed in suddenly and just missed our tour group. If you have time and want a break from the buys lifestyle of Manhattan, as well as learn something new, this is a good way to spend the day.
Written 25 June 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,512 contributions
Foreign enclave on the East River
Mar 2020
The United Nations Building is considreed to be a foreign enclave on US territory. The UN Building is quite specacular, but its hard to get into it these days, for a tour you must book ahead and arrive an hour beforehand for secuirty checks. The UN Building is on the East River, in Turtle Bay, which sometimes serves as a sobriquet for the UN organisation.
Written 29 May 2020
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Rolshchikov-Dmitry
Moscow, Russia480 contributions
Inspiring tour
Nov 2019 • Solo
Great inspiring tour that makes you believe humanity still has a chance. Advanced booking is required, but it’s very simple. During the tour you get to see some chambers (including General Assembly one) if sessions aren’t in progress. You will get a lot of interesting information about UN’s structure and missions. And will be shown various interesting presents (arts) from participating countries. Tour guides are very enthusiastic and ready to answer any question.
Written 29 March 2020
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fabz4
Steubenville, OH2 contributions
Peace, Health, Safety, and Tolerance for Citizens of the World
Mar 2020
Not on the list of big tourist attractions in NYC and often overlooked this is a destination you shouldn't miss- especially if you are interesting in how we are all citizens of this world. I did the tour (solo) and it was very interesting and informative. So much to learn about the mission of the U.N. we were able to visit many of the individual chambers including the Security Council Chamber and the Economic and Social Chamber. We were also to do a "walk through" of an actual session in one of the chambers (that was discussion Women's Rights during International Women's Day.)

Another big perk, you can also have lunch in the Delegates Dining Room...a little pricey but an excellent meal and I believe worth it. My only disappointment the absence of the member country's flags flying. The only flag that was up was at half-mast due to the death the day before of a former UN Secretary General's death the day before: Javier Perez de Cue'llar of Peru.

I will go back again to take another optional tour and to see those flags fly.

Tips:
1. Book your ticket ahead.
2.The address is 46th & 1st St. (Don't listen to the cabby who wants to drop you off at an alternate stop at 42nd St.
3. Arrive at least 30 minutes early as you will be required to be identified and be photographed for your ID tag (BUILDING ACROSS THE STREET.)
4. When you go to the entrance you will go through Security Check
5. Don't miss the gift shop with items from around the world!
Written 28 March 2020
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Torben V
122 contributions
No stamp in passport
Feb 2020
It`s not allowed to get a stamp into the passport any more. That`s sad. Put the visit is a must. Very interesting.
Written 11 March 2020
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Smittenfood
New York City, NY131 contributions
A guided tour of the UN
Mar 2020 • Family
I highly recommend this as an offbeat thing to do in nyc. A ticket for this tour usually costs about $22 per head and can be purchased at the visitors center. They usually do groups of 15 people at a time and you will need valid government issued id for the security pass to be issued. Expect a truly fascinating peek into the interiors of the UN premises like the general assembly room, security council meeting room etc. An enriching tour of the premises while enjoying a fantastic history lesson on the UN and their activities. Beautiful art collections on display as gifts from various member countries. Leave feeling inspired and exhilarated by the feeling of having walked the halls where some of the greatest people of the world have walked.
Written 5 March 2020
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ktucky44
Hackettstown, NJ83 contributions
Go There for the “Gifts”
Feb 2020 • Friends
As you tour this magnificent building, make sure to see who/country gave the UN such unique gifts that are displayed all around. My favorite is the Norman Rockwell “Do Unto Others” in Italian tile. The Security Council was in session so we couldn’t tour that area. Did get to see Model UN students from around the area in the General Assembly. Will go back again in order to see items I didn’t see first time around. There’s a lot to take in!
Written 5 March 2020
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Paul O
San Juan, Puerto Rico36 contributions
Very interesting place to visit.
Feb 2020
THis a really place to visit while in NY. The entrance is free to the lobby areaa and some exhibitions. Bu the tour takes you in and is more interesting. you must first register across the street from the UN. (Have an ID with you). Then you can go in the main building and buy the tour tickets if you like. I think it was like $ 21.00 USD per person. The guide is very knowledgeable and willing to answer your questions. Worth the visit.
Written 4 March 2020
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