United Nations Headquarters

405 E 42nd St, New York City

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The United Nations is headquartered in New York City, in a complex designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and built by the architectural firm Harrison & Abramovitz. The complex has served as the official headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1952. It is located in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, on 17 to 18 acres (6.9 to 7.3 ha) of grounds overlooking the East River. Its borders are First Avenue on the west, East 42nd Street to the south, East 48th Street on the north and the East River to the east. The term "Turtle Bay" is occasionally used as a metonym for the UN headquarters or for the United Nations as a whole. The United Nations has three additional, subsidiary, regional headquarters, or headquarters districts. These were opened in Geneva (Switzerland) in 1946, Vienna (Austria) in 1980, and Nairobi (Kenya) in 1996. These adjunct offices help represent UN interests, facilitate diplomatic activities, and enjoy certain extraterritorial privileges, but only the main headquarters in New York City contains the seats of the principal organs of the UN, including the General Assembly and Security Council. Although it is situated in New York City, the land occupied by the United Nations Headquarters and the spaces of buildings that it rents are under the sole administration of the United Nations and not the U.S. government. They are technically extraterritorial through a treaty agreement with the U.S. government. However, in exchange for local police, fire protection and other services, the United Nations agrees to acknowledge most local, state, and federal laws. All 15 of the United Nations' specialized agencies are located outside New York City: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in Rome International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva International Maritime Organization (IMO) in London International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna World Bank Group (WBG) in Washington, D.C. World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva
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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    10:00 - 16:30

  • Mon

    09:00 - 16:30

  • Tue

    09:00 - 16:30

  • Wed

    09:00 - 16:30

  • Thu

    09:00 - 16:30

  • Fri

    09:00 - 16:30

  • Sat

    10:00 - 16:30

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Reviews

  • Jaeha Han

    5
    - 30 August 2018 -

    Guided tours are through reservations only. Went in expecting it to be boring, but it was surprisingly entertaining. Tour guides have lots of knowledge, and have work experiences under UN outside of their guide work. Overall a very fascinating and informative tour. Recommended for all ages.

  • Deepankar Chakraborty

    5
    - 24 August 2018 -

    Great Place.. I really enjoyed the time there. Before go just be sire about the security there and what not to bring. As well check in with your tickets. Tour guides will provide you a variety of beauriful areas. Try not to lost in the arena. Rest rooms are pretty packed up.

  • Sagrey Turjo

    5
    - 10 August 2018 -

    One of the best experiences in my life . It was on the 9th of August. I visited the Head quarters of the United States on a program of Indigenous People. The security of the UN HQ is so protective and they are so serious about their duties. But, friendly and helpful. Before you walk in you'll see a lot of monuments and statues gifted to UN from other countries. After walking in you'll discover a lot of architectural stuff. Nice gifts from Nations to the United Nations. Very satisfying. Also, they have a store you can buy stuff as a memory. The programs are very well organized and a lot of stuff to learn from people. Great memory!

  • Mrigank Doshy

    5
    - 13 July 2018 -

    Great place to visit if you're interested in seeing where the world decisions take place! Fact: It has a digital board that shows the amount of money spent on military each day. It's updated every second and is reset at midnight! Mind blowing. It also has lovely gifts from different countries. The tour let's you enter most of the rooms and click pictures!

  • Lawrence Harada

    5
    - 03 July 2018 -

    Excellent tour, although we were a bit rushed. Fascinating exhibits and architecture. The arranged lunch for our group was excellent. Would've liked to spend more time there to learn more of the UN 's role in American history and current affairs. It's a must see destination when visiting NY.

  • Karen James

    5
    - 02 July 2018 -

    What a great place to take the kids. Tickets for the UN tour are very reasonable and the tour is fantastic. It isn’t just boring facts and figures. They really show how the UN effects the lives of all its members. If your child is in or wants to be in Model UN then this is a must. The gift store downstairs has everything with UN logos but the cool part is that there is a UN post office. You can buy United Nations stamps and mail them. Remember. The UN is not part of America so when they cancel the stamp it is actually a foreign post

  • Felicia Kazin Penchina

    5
    - 01 July 2018 -

    Awesome tour with charismatic and knowledgeable tour guide. Definitely get there at least an hour early to check in across the street and go through security. You might get lucky and get through a lot faster, but it can take awhile. The website says backpacks are prohibited but almost everyone had one and it was no problem.

  • Charles Oropallo

    5
    - 26 June 2018 -

    It was fantastic to visit the United Nations Headquarters. There is no charge to visit. One must do a simple process across the street an provide identification in order to gain entry. My wife enjoyed very much seeing all of the displays within such a historic place. I highly recommend visiting this as part of your New York City visit.

  • Richie Rich

    4
    - 26 June 2018 -

    United Nations Headquarters is a beautiful building. You can take a tour and grab a meal on the 10th floor food court. The grounds are amazing. Flags representing the world community of nations on site lend a backdrop to the hard work the General Assembly has attempting to bring peace and order to a turbulent world. It is a sight to behold, and the area is surrounded with hotels, restaurants, shops of all kinds. Public transportation abounds. Highly recommend a visit.

  • John Atti

    5
    - 25 June 2018 -

    The check in process took a little bit, but I understand why it would be necessary. I went on a day without the tours. Although there wasn't much going on, I found the visit to be informative. The gift stores were well stocked with books and souvenirs, and there was a ton of information on the UN over the last 70 years on display. If you're interested in knowing more about the UN, this place would be a nice trip to go on. Made me want to work for them - I can only imagine what the tour would be like.

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