The guided tours, under the Visitors Service, are among the many services offered by the United Nations Office of Public Information. The Section also handles queries from visitors and conducts public briefings on United Nations Headquarters. In the course of one-hour tours, which are organized for groups of 20 to 25 persons, the guides explain the aims, structure and work of the organization. In addition, they point out the architectural features of the buildings, and the artwork and other gifts contributed by Governments.
Between tours, guides relax in a lounge where they can rest and freshen up for the next assignment. For Miss Ngaire Andersen of New Zealand (seated), it’s time for a cigarette. Usually, the guides begin their tours at 9:00 a.m. and continue through 5:45 p.m. During the summer months they continue into the evening until 10:00 p.m., for seven days a week. [October 1964]