Welcome to UNESCO Headquarters

© UNESCO/Michel Ravassard
Outside view of UNESCO's newly-renovated headquarters with flags

Please visit this site regularly for updates on possible closures.

Plan Your Visit

UNESCO Headquarters is open to the public for guided tours, Tuesday through Friday morning. The visits, in English and in French, are exclusively for groups.

  • Reservation mandatory by contacting us at visits(at)unesco.org.
  • In your message please provide us the number of people in your group (30 max.), a brief explanation of your interest in visiting UNESCO.
  • We offer two tours : 10 a.m. and 15 p.m.
  • Groups must ensure that they arrive at least 10 minutes before time slot allocated to begin the visit.
  • Visits will last approximately 30 minutes and include a short presentation of UNESCO, a guided tour of the Japanese Garden, the Meditation Space of Tadao Ando, certain accessible parts of the main building and a presentation of significant artwork.

We look forward to welcoming you to UNESCO – the United Nations agency with the unique mandate of " building peace in the minds of men and women".

Permanent Exhibition and Cultural Events

  • Open UNESCO
    Discover "OPEN UNESCO", an interactive exhibit aimed at enhancing awareness of UNESCO’s global mission, its activities throughout the world, the work conducted by its staff on a daily basis and its unique role within the United Nations system.
  • Cultural Events
    UNESCO Headquarters, UNESCO House, hosts a wide variety of free events all year long : concerts, shows, ceremonies, screenings, exhibitions and conferences.
    (in French).

UNESCO Campuses: our expertise at the service of tomorrow's citizens

UNESCO offers thematic information sessions, specifically dedicated to students aged 14-17 years, who mostly come from educational priority zones in Paris and its surrounding suburbs.  These sessions aim to teach this new generation of citizens about the important contemporary issues UNESCO focuses its work on, such as citizenship, peace, girls' education, freedom of expression, the values of sport, the ocean and climate change.  During these two-hour Campus sessions, the students interact with UNESCO specialists and experts from civil society.

If you are a teacher and would like your class to participate, please contact v.dellinger(at)unesco.org.


Visitors are not permitted to enter the building without a guide.
UNESCO reserves the right to cancel or change this visit depending on its conference and events programme.
Due to high level meetings of Heads of State and Government, UNESCO Headquarters may sometimes close to the public on very short notice. We regret any inconvenience and wish to assure you that we will do everything possible to reschedule reservations resulting from such closures.

Official holidays: UNESCO Headquarters is closed to the public on the following days:

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • Various dates - Easter Monday
  • 1 May - Labor Day
  • 8 May - Victory in Europe Day
  • 9 May - Ascension
  • 20 May - Pentecost
  • 14 July - French National Day
  • 15 August - Assumption
  • 1 November - All Saints Day
  • 25 December - Christmas Day

No visit are conducted during the Executive Board and the General Conference.


Getting Here

UNESCO Headquarters are located at 7, place de Fontenoy in the heart of Paris. The site is considered international territory and belongs to the Organization’s 195 Member States.
UNESCO does not offer parking facilities. We recommend using public transport.

  • By Metro: Ségur-UNESCO, Cambronne, Ecole militaire
  • By Bus: 28, 80
  • Velib'Sation: n° 15009 Suffren, 140 avenue de Suffren

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