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Guided Tours

Once you enter the United Nations Headquarters, you will be welcomed by one of our multilingual tour guides and taken on a brief journey through the corridors of international diplomacy. You will learn about the history and structure of the Organization, and receive information on the iconic buildings located by the East River.

You will learn about the work of the different United Nations organs, such as the Security Council and the General Assembly. The General Assembly Hall is where all 193 Members States of the Organization convene to discuss global issues.  

When official meetings are not in session, you will be able to see four newly renovated chambers listed below. You will also learn about the work and mandate of each of these main organs of the United Nations, especially in the realm of peace and security and economic and social development.  In addition, your tour guide will also highlight the work of the Organization in peacekeeping and in meeting targets set by the Millennium Development Goals.

  • the General Assembly Hall
  • the Security Council Chamber
  • the Trusteeship Council Chamber
  • the Economic and Social Council Chamber

In the human rights section of the tour, you will have the opportunity to view the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights designed by Brazilian artist Octavio Roth.

At the disarmament stop of the tour, you will see:

  • remnants of the nuclear explosions in Nagasaki and Hiroshima (coins, bottles, and the statue of St. Agnes),
  • landmines of various types and shapes, and
  • the Escopetarra, a guitar made from an AK47 by César López, a Colombian musician and social activist.

Over the years, Member States have donated works of art to the Organization, such as the "Golden Rule" mosaic based on a painting by Norman Rockwell, and a mural by the Spanish artist Jose Vela Zanetti.

If you have any questions during the tour, please feel free to ask your guide!