It is often said that New York City is a massive melting pot of people and cultures from all over the world, so it makes sense that the United Nations would have their headquarters in that great city. There is no denying the importance of the UN building and the work done by the delegates from all the member countries, and you certainly get a sense of that history when you visit.
There are plenty of things to see and do at the UN building, starting with the free exhibits in the visitor’s lobby. There are multimedia displays that show the great work that the UN has done over the years. This is just a small glimpse of what awaits, though, if you are going to go on one of the guided tours.
It is one of the tours that you will get a real peek behind the UN curtain, as you get to take in such sights as the General Assembly Hall and the Security Council Chamber. You can book your spot in one of the guided tours by picking up a ticket online or by heading to the visitors lobby.
It should be noted that children under the age of 5 are not permitted on the tours, and that the tours can actually be cancelled on very short notice if there is pressing business to be taken care of. Each tour usually runs about 45 minutes to an hour, and can end with a nice little trip through the UN store so that you can pick up a reminder of your visit.