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United Nations Headquarters

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Technically, the U.N. complex is international territory, but that doesn’t mean you get immunity when you enter (so don’t steal from the Delegates Dining Room buffet). The striking, 39-story Secretariat Building (designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer) is the complex’s most eye-catching structure, but it’s not open to the public. Visitors can instead tour the midcentury assembly room whenever dignitaries aren’t using it, or enjoy free art in the lobby. The U.N. even has its own post office, but the personalized stamps sold there are only good if mailed from that spot.



Address: U.N. Plaza, First Ave
New York

Cross street: at 46th St
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Tours: $16, students and seniors $11, children under 12 $9, children under 5 not permitted
Opening hours: Guided tours: Mon–Fri 9:45am–4:45pm. Escorted audio tours: Mon–Fri 9:45am–4:45pm; Sat, Sun 10am–4:15pm
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