Located along the East River in Midtown Manhattan, the United Nations Headquarters is the home of the well-known United Nations, or UN for short. Formed in 1945 after World War II, mainly to prevent another world war.
The United Nations is an organization of member nations. It continues to operate to the present day, as its main goal is world peace, and try to solve any problem that plaques this world, whether it's disease, famine or refugee crisis. Visiting this place, can show what this organization is about.
Before entering the main UN place, visitors will have to go to the United Nations Visitor Centre, to get clearance to enter it. You will need a sticker from there, allowing access. After that, there are 2 parts to visiting the United Nations Headquarters, one being self-guided, and the other being guided.
1. Self-guided - mainly in the lobby of the General Assembly building, where you can see gifts from other countries, which are sculptures. Some are really nice to look at, and they are located throughout the building. Also, there are temporary exhibitions, which I mentioned in the blog entry. Plus displays on the building of the UN complex itself, and other items on display, like the UN flag that was recovered in Iraq after the US invasion in 2003, and UN Headquarters built with Lego bricks.
- This part is free to visit, and worth checking out while waiting for your guided tour to start. But this alone, is not worth going out of your way to see it. And I think this part is skippable if time is limited.
2. Guided - this part is only done by guided tour, and offered in different languages. You can reserve a time either online, or sometimes in person, depending on how busy it is. If trying to walk-up in person, I have read that one has to be prepared to be completely turned away. The tour will take visitors to the different rooms, where the UN have meetings and discuss the issues of the world. There are more gifts and artwork to see, and most notable display is the charred clothing worn by Japanese teens from the Hiroshima bombing. And it ends in the General Assembly room.
- Main reason for coming here in the first place. I do think the admission is overpriced, and at times, seems to be move too fast, as it does seem like it is on a time limit. With all that said, it is definitely worth checking out, to visit the HQ of the well-known international organization, and to see and learn how it operates. While not quite a must-see, I don't think it was a waste of time. I guess it is one of those places that one has to visit, and decide for themselves whether it was worth it or not.
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