On 2 November 2012, United Nations tour guides marked their 60th Anniversary; they have been conducting tours through the New York Headquarters since November 1952. During these past sixty years, more than 40 million visitors have been introduced to this fascinating centre of world diplomacy.
Don't miss the feature article titled "60 Years of UN Guided Tours" with video interviews, of current and former tour guides, published by the UN News Centre.
The first 10 guides were hired by the American Association for the United Nations, which ran the tour operation until 1955.
The United Nations Headquarters building was, at that time, a new addition to the New York City skyline and quickly became one of the city's most popular attractions, on par with the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and Rockefeller Center. Traffic on tour route reached its peak in 1964, with over 1.2 million visitors.
Read Fact Sheet on the History of the UN Tour Guides
Let the Celebration Begin!
Check out photos of UN Tour Guides through the Decades
Exhibit: 60 Years Guided Tours 1952 - 2012
|by UN Photo Library||Opening: Thursday, 15 November, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.|
Celebrate 60 years of UN Tour Guides and purchase 60th Anniversary souvenirs at the UN Bookshop
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