Travel Guide

Manhattan, New York City 


UN Headquarters 

The United Nations (UN) is an international government organization headquartered in Midtown Manhattan. Overlooking the East River, the compound of the United Nations covers an area of 18 acres (7 hectares) and technically not part of the United States but an international territory, though U.S. courts have jurisdiction over the territory. The United Nations Headquarters comprises a complex of buildings including the General Assembly Hall and the Secretariat Building. 
UN Headquarters, New York City
UN Headquarters by Kjetil Ree

There are daily guided tours through the UN Headquarters from Mondays to Fridays but may close with short notice due to high-level meetings. The guided tour leaves about every half-hour and lasts for 45-60 minutes. The tour begins with a brief on the history, structure, and composition of the United Nations. Visits during the tour include the General Assembly Hall, Council Chambers, and exhibits of artworks as well as exhibits on the UN's peacekeeping operations and disarmament.

General Assembly Hall, New York City
General Assembly Hall by Norbert Nagel

The tour ends at the Public Concourse and there is a bookshop here selling books, periodicals, calenders, and posters from the United Nations. There is also a gift shop selling gifts and souvenirs from the United Nations, New York City, and around the world. The United Nations post office sells UN stamps, which can be posted to anywhere in the world but only if posted from the UN Headquarters. If you need a snack or a light meal, there is a coffee shop at the Public Concourse.

Location: 760 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017 (along First Avenue between 42nd and 48th Streets)

Website: United Nations Guided Tour

Tel (tour info): 212-963-8687 


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