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Visit the United Nations in the heart of New York City!  Our guided tours offer an exciting opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes at the United Nations.

Check-in at the Visitor Check-in Office at 45th Street and 1st Avenue. Then proceed across the street and through security screening to enter the General Assembly (GA) Building. Guided Tour Check-in is located at the back of the GA Lobby.

Guided tours are 45-60 minutes long.

For security reasons, children under 5 years of age are not permitted on tour.

Guided tours offer an engaging way to explore the United Nations Headquarters:

  • Visit the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber, and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber.
  • Learn about how the United Nations addresses issues such as disarmament, peace and security, human rights, and how you can support the Sustainable Development Goals.

Due to high level meetings of Heads of State and Government, and delegations, United Nations Headquarters and Chambers may sometimes close to the public on very short notice.


On your guided tour, you will have the opportunity to interact with one of our 24 multilingual Tour Guides from 15 countries, speaking over 10 languages, with up-to-date information about the work of the United Nations.

Tours are offered in the United Nations' six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish). Based on availability, tours in other languages, such as German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Portuguese, are also offered upon request to


People with disabilities

The United Nations Headquarters in New York is accessible to persons with disabilities. If a member of your group requires a wheelchair or extra assistance, please call 1-212-963-7539. 

Special Tour - Black History Month

On the occasion of Black History Month in February 2018, special tours will be offered to include the Ark of Return, a permanent memorial to honour the victims of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade, located on the Visitors Plaza at United Nations Headquarters.  Visitors can walk through this permanent memorial to experience three primary elements:


-A three dimensional map highlighting the African continent and illustrating the global scale and impact of the triangular slave trade.

-A full scale human sculpture carved out of Zimbabwean granite to illustrate the extreme conditions under which millions of Africans were transported during the Middle Passage;

-A triangular reflecting pool to honour the memory of the millions of souls who were lost. 

 On the tour route, visitors will be able to see the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber, as well as exhibits on Disarmament, Peacekeeping, and Human Rights.

 * Please note that in case of inclement weather we may not be able to walk inside the Ark of Return monument.

 For Individual and Small Groups, please check availability and purchase your tickets for the Black History Month Tour on the Tickets Page.  Please note that these specialized tours will be offered every weekday during February 2018 at 2:30 pm, or at a different time upon request, by sending an email to

For Large Group (40 persons or more), please contact the Reservations Team at


Special Tour - New UN Kids Tour - Promotion

The UN Kids Corridor offers a unique opportunity for 5 to 10-year-olds to learn about the UN in an engaging and enjoyable manner.

The space, which mirrors the different stops on the regular tour route in a child-friendly way, features, in eye-catching colours, wall-sized world maps, mounted flags of the Security Council’s 15 members and a real-size refugee tent, among other displays.

Interactive games with the tour guides, quizzes and role-playing help young visitors understand the work of the UN and how it relates to their daily lives. Together with their parents or teachers, the young visitors hear about children from around the world who face challenges such as hunger, natural disasters or diseases, all while learning how the UN is helping them.

The children’s tour further aims to provide children with ideas on how they can stay involved after visiting the UN and become global citizens.

To book tickets:

  • For Individual and Small Groups (1 to 19 persons), please check availability and purchase your tickets for the Children’s Tour on the Tickets Page.  Please note that these tours are offered every weekday at 3:50pm, or at a different time upon request, by sending an email to
  • For Larger Groups (20 persons or more), a promotional 10% discount will apply until 29 June, 2018.  Please contact the Reservations Team at to make a reservation and reference the "Kids Promotional Tour".


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405 E 42nd Street (46th St & 1st Ave)
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