United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters

United Nations Headquarters
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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  • Mitsumi
    Curitiba, PR119 contributions
    Most Amazing Tour!
    We had the most amazing tour at the UN. Special praise for Mrs. Silmara! She was wonderful! Showed great knowledge of the UN and allowed us to fully comprehend how the entity works. She’s got an amazing good energy that was contagious on the entire group! Keep up with the great work!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 February 2023
  • RussellSage
    Charlotte, Vermont54 contributions
    good Tour
    Very interesting tour and well worth the time. Book your tickets online and be sure to arrive early as stated. There was a long line waiting to get in and we got in line not realizing you first had to check in at the visitor center across the street and have your photo taken and show an ID. Then wait in line for the entrance. Then go through security. Then find the place tours start and check in there. We were there on a Friday in March and it was busy. Took whole 45 minutes to get to start of tour. Tour was good. A very upbeat story of what they do.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 March 2023
  • veteran_vacationer
    Elgin, Illinois16 contributions
    A Great Tour
    We visited the UN and took the one hour tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we were able to visit almost all of the headquarters. (The security council was in session so we were only allowed to watch a video outside the meeting room.) The tour was very comprehensive and the guide was able to answer all of the group's questions. A very impressive visit!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 15 March 2023
  • heiditvc
    New York City, New York10 contributions
    Good tour!
    I have lived in NY for any years and never went here. Found it interesting! And my 16 year old enjoyed it (as much as any 16 year old boy can enjoy anything “educational” 😃). I recommend it for adults and older teens.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 March 2023
  • Peter G
    Phnom Penh, Cambodia90 contributions
    Hearing the guide can be a problem
    Our Japanese guide was knowledgable and pleasant. Unfortunately he spoke quite softly and I missed a lot particularly when there was background noise. The 9/11 museum system where the guide speaks on a micrpphone and the participants are all given headsets is much better.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 March 2023
  • David S
    Oy-Mittelberg, Germany26 contributions
    Well worth the effort
    It is well worth the security hassle to take the tour. To stand in the security council and walk through the general assembly is to walk in the footsteps of history. It is all looking very dated however, it could be time to rebuild or relocate, especially since NY is quickly deteriorating into a failed city.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • AyemeGo
    San Jose, California37 contributions
    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 Kingdom53 contributions
    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 Carolina126 contributions
    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 Kingdom19 contributions
    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
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marcus g
2 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We took the 1 hour tour. Tour guide was a Japanese gentleman who was brilliant - very thoughtful commentary - answered all questions & clearly very passionate about the UN's mission esp. Sustainable Development objectives. There was an event going on inside the General Assembly hall which was unfortunate and we could only go into it briefly but the rest of tour was very worthwhile esp. Security Council room. My teenage children werent enthused initially about going, but even they enjoyed it. Left the tour understanding more about the UN and all its various missions than before. Worth the ticket and time.
Written 19 February 2024
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CharltonMarshall2
Dorset, UK19 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
What an interesting visit. Went with my spouse and my 17yo. The 17yo thought it was the highlight of our trip to New York.
Very informative tour and it also made me glad that such an institution exists. Well worth the visit
Written 17 February 2024
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Wells JK
Missouri City, TX4 contributions
Sept 2023 • Family
I visited while my daughter was interning at the United Nations. The area is near restaurants and small businesses and is very safe and walkable. Hotels are nearby.
Written 12 January 2024
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BirdyQuébec
Quebec City, Canada254 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
One of the last great attractions that I didn't see in New York. You can get in to access a gift shop and bookshop, but the guided tour is highly recommended for the explanations. We saw the Security Counsil room and the General Assembly room.
Written 31 December 2023
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Gardenlad
Ottawa, Canada236 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
What an amazing experience to learn about and visit the United Nations. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. It was awe inspiring.
Written 17 November 2023
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Grant G
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Business
I visited the UN with students from a school in the UK. The process was pretty straightforward for getting in but with large groups, leave some time spare as the security is obviously very tight and takes a while to get your group through. Once inside, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and was able to tailor the information to the age of the students. I would highly recommend visiting the UN to other school parties as there are so many links to multiple curricula.
Written 12 November 2023
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vanomad
Virginia313 contributions
May 2023 • Family
Highly recommend going here for the tour if you’re in NYC. Such a humbling experience to see how the world is changed here. Wonderful tour.
Written 12 November 2023
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Brian N
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Really interesting tour definitely worth doing if you have a few days in New York. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and took questions throughout the tour. We got to see the security council chamber and were able to walk through the general assembly whilst in session. So glad we did this tour.
Written 3 November 2023
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bojant461
Toulouse, France8 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
A wonderful experience top guide absolutely recommended to do. We’ve seen all chambers. Shame we could not photograph all, but c’est la vie. Cheers
Written 1 November 2023
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Boardergat
Brussels, Belgium4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
A very disappointing visit
The tour was very fast-paced, and there was no time to ask questions or look at the different works.
Very disappointed by this visit
Written 24 October 2023
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