Guided Tour Service at United Nations Headquarters
At United Nations Headquarters, the U.N. Department of Public Information (DPI) maintains a Visitors' Service Section which answers questions from visitors and conducts public briefings and guided tours of the Headquarters buildings. The tour service, which began on 20 October 1952, was operated by the American Association for the United Nations until last June, when it became a part of DPI's Public Liaison and Distribution Division. Initiated with a staff of 50 female guides speaking a total of 15 different languages, the service is now manned by some 65 guides and, up to 30 June 1955, had conducted more than 1.855,000 persons on tours.
Here, Guide I. Wewalka (right), of Norway, briefs one of the many groups of visitors taking the tour daily, as she points out interesting features of the main entrance to the General Assembly building. The group is on one of the balconies of the Assembly Hall, overlooking the main entrance.