Visitors

Guided Tours are offered at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and at the UN Offices in Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi. The Speakers Bureau Briefings give you the opportunity to have a United Nations expert talk to your group and provide an in-depth look into the latest issues on the UN's agenda.

Guided Tours in New York City

The United Nations Headquarters is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 and Guided Tours are temporarily suspended. Meanwhile, Virtual Tours and Online Briefings are now offered to a wider audience worldwide. 

The one-hour UN Virtual Tour provides online visitors with a unique opportunity to explore the United Nations from the comfort of their home or classroom. One of the multilingual tour guides takes the audience on a virtual journey through the history of the United Nations with a focus on the three pillars of its work and on concrete examples that explain how the Organization addresses global challenges. With the aid of compelling photographs, visitors can also admire the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber, as well as some of the works of art decorating the inside of the United Nations Headquarters. A few thematic tours are also available: Black History Tour, UN Architecture Tour, and Focus on Women Tour. 

The Online Briefings offer a rich educational experience that allows virtual visitors to listen to and interact live with a United Nations expert on a wide selection of topics on the Organization’s agenda and current events. The briefings are appropriate for a variety of groups – including students (high school and above), educators, civic and business leaders, NGOs, etc. – and topics can range from peacekeeping and human rights to the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN's work on disarmament. Online Briefings can be requested separately or in combination with a virtual tour. Tours and briefings are offered upon request in the six official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), as well as in other languages such as German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Urdu. 

UN Bookshop

The United Nations Bookshop at UN Headquarters in New York is located in the Visitors Concourse in the General Assembly Building. The bookshop stocks a wide range of books on topics related to the United Nations for all ages. Visitors can purchase sustainably sourced, high-quality gift items for friends and family. All proceeds from sales support the work of the United Nations. The UN Bookshop is also known for hosting thought-provoking discussions and book launches with authors. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Find a selection of gift items, upcoming book and author events and more details on shop.un.org.

Exhibits in New York City

UN Headquarters in New York also features three rotating exhibit galleries that are free and open to the public. The exhibitions feature photographic and multimedia displays on important topics on the UN agenda, such as human rights, sustainable development, climate change, children in armed conflict, violence against women, and more. Please visit UN Exhibits for more information. 

Guided Tours in Geneva

Be one of the 100,000 visitors who take the tour of the Palais des Nations each year. Our tours are available in more than 15 languages and last for one hour. Please check with us for languages other than English and French. What you will see, depending on our daily schedule of meetings includes:  The Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room, decorated by famous artist Miquel Barcelò; The Salle des Pas Perdus, from which you can see the Armillary Sphere and the monument commemorating the conquest of outer space; The Assembly Hall, the largest room in the Palais des Nations. The Council Chamber, where many important historical negotiations have taken place, with murals by José Maria Sert; a film on the activities and the objectives of the United Nations Office; gifts presented by various countries to the United Nations Office at Geneva. During the tour, our tour Guides will inform you about the current activities of the United Nations. They will also talk about the history of the Palais des Nations, formerly the headquarters of the League of Nations.

Guided Tours in Vienna

Take a guided tour of the UN Office at Vienna.  Along with New York, Geneva and Nairobi, the Vienna International Centre (VIC) is one of the four headquarters of the United Nations. Visitors have the opportunity to get a first-hand look around the VIC and learn more about the United Nations. Multilingual guides of different nationalities will show you around the buildings and inform you about the United Nations and the work of the Vienna-based organizations in fields such as drugs and crime, the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and space technology, industrial development and the care of refugees. Lasting approximately one hour, the tours take in exhibitions, visits to a conference room and the communal areas of the VIC and give you a taste of the fascinating world of the United Nations. Tours in English or German are offered twice daily, and group tours in any of 10 other languages are available if prior notice is given. Groups of schoolchildren are also welcome.

Guided Tours in Nairobi

The Visitors’ Service of the UN Office at Nairobi conducts guided tours Monday through Thursday, between 9.00 AM to 2.00 PM and Friday 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM year-round, except on UN holidays.The green and environmentally-friendly compound of the UN Office at Nairobi is populated with hundreds of indigenous tree and plants species and a remarkable variety of wildlife. The bountiful lush green landscaped area is unique to the 140-acred forest-fringed compound.

 

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