United Nations Headquarters | Attractions in NYC
The United Nations Headquarters is a popular Attraction in NYC. Stop by this international institution during your next stay at our NYC Hotel.
The United Nations Headquarters is an Attraction in NYC that has graced the city’s landscape since 1952. Plan a visit during your next stay at our NYC Hotel.
About the United Nations Headquarters:
Anyone with an interest in world affairs, politics and/or international relations should make the pilgrimage to the United Nations Headquarters during their visit to New York City. Looming over the East River in the Turtle Bay neighborhood, the UN World Headquarters was designed by Oscar Niemeyer. This striking complex has been part of the New York City skyline since 1952. The United Nations was assembled as a reformed realization of the unproductive League of Nations in October of 1945 with the decree of preventing another World War.
Sometimes referred to as “Turtle Bay” by UN insiders, the UN has regional headquarters in Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, but the central departments, the General Assembly and the Security Council, only meet in New York. Due to its primary mandate as a diplomatic body of representatives that includes ambassadors from 193 nations, United Nations Headquarters maintains extraterritorial privileges via a treaty the UN has with the U.S., the UN agrees to comply with most laws of the city, state and federal governments.
Guided tours of this important Attraction in NYC are conducted on weekdays only. The tours are an excellent way to learn about the UN with a backstage view of the UN’s day-to-day operations. The starting point for the tour is located in the General Assembly Building at 46th and 1st. The duration of the tour runs between 45 and 60 minutes depending on what is happening at the time. The United Nations Headquarters tour includes the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber and the Economic and Social Council Chamber.
The tour is designed to educate the public on how the UN tackles the tough issues of the day. Learn how geopolitical matters like peace and security, nuclear disarmament and human rights are undertaken by attempting to find amicable solutions diplomatically. As there may be important meetings taking place, any or all of the meeting chambers at this Attraction in NYC may be closed to the public on short notice. Children under 5 years old are prohibited from taking the tour.
For those that are serious about international affairs, visitors can make arrangements, at a cost, to attend a UN briefing. A minimum of 20 visitors is required and forms must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance. Arrange for the briefing for the same day as a tour for a truly informative, interactive encounter with the United Nations Headquarters. Requests for briefings from specific Member States are available by reaching out to that country’s mission.
Many guests at our NYC Hotel add a tour of this Attraction in NYC to their itinerary during their stay.
Tours offered on weekdays only
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visitor’s Lobby and Center open 7 days
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Students 13+: $15
Seniors 60+: $15
Child 5-12: $13