Welcome to the UNESCO House

Welcome to UNESCO House

 

 

Public Events

The UNESCO House hosts a wide variety of free events all year: concerts, shows, ceremonies, screenings, exhibitions and conferences.These events are open to the public. To remain informed about the upcoming events, follow us on Facebook and Instragram @maisondelunesco - #maisondelunesco (in French).

 

Kenya Week

From 12 to 15/11
KENYA WEEK 2018
Exhibition of works of art and handicrafts | Animations | Traditional dances and songs
Free access, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., upon presentation of a piece of ID
7, place de Fontenoy - Paris 7e
Contact:kenyaweek2018@unesco-delegations.org

Prix UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh

Friday 16 November, at 6 p.m.
Award Ceremony for the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
with Indian Classical Dance by the Khajuri Association
Online registration

Launch of the Webiste Facts about the Holocaust

Monday 19 November, at noon
"Facts about the Holocaust"
Launch of the UNESCO-World Jewish Congress joint-website, followed by a panel discussion on “Holocaust denial and distortion in the digital age: How to engage new generations?”
Online registrations

 

UNESCO offers thematic debate 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 on in its work, 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 visit our UNESCO Campus page.

 

Services

 

Library

The UNESCO library has a reading and research room. The library provides direct access to a selection of press and reference tools. The library is open to the public for research and requests related to the Organization's programs and activities. The library has Wifi access.

  • Monday to Friday
    9:30am to 5:30pm
  • Hall Segur - Ground floor
  • Wheelchair accessible
 

Bookshop

The UNESCO Publishing bookshop features all sales publications in stock and a growing UNESCO-related gifts section.

Among our latest publications, you will be able to find our World's Heritage definitive guide to all the World Heritage sites, fine books about art and culture, as well as children's books to sensitize them to sustainable development and lasting peace issues. In our bookshop, you will also find the UNESCO Courier, the historic journal of the organization published every three months.

  • Monday to Friday
    9am to 1:15am
    2:15pm to 6pm
  • Hall Saxe - Ground floor
  • Wheelchair accessible

The Organization's paper, audio and video archives are accessible upon request at: archives@unesco.org

 

Restaurant

UNESCO has three catering areas: the Restaurant, the Bar du 7eme étage and the Bar des Conférences. These spaces are open to the public.

Whether it is a VIP cocktail for 50, an inaugural reception for 250, a grand banquet for 1,300, a gala dinner or a special celebration, the highly adaptable UNESCO Restaurant Service is able to propose several types of menus or customize its offers, depending on the request. The venues for catering, the choice of menus, the elegance of the table decorations and the team of professionals in the kitchen and in the dining area make a perfect combination to help ensure the success of an event.

Restaurant reservation, send us an email: restoresa@unesco.org or call: +33 (0)1.45.68.16.00

 

 

  • Restaurant & Caféteria:
    12am-2:30pm, 7th floor
  • Bar du 7ème étage:
    8:30am-5pm, 7th floor
  • Bar des Conférences:
    8:30am-4pm, floor -1

 

Organize your Event

Located near the Eiffel Tower, right in the heart of Paris, the iconic UNESCO Headquarters, a jewel of modern architecture, offers its Secretariat and Member States a variety of conference rooms and exhibition spaces that are also available for the events and meetings of institutions, foundations, associations and companies whose activities coincide with the ideals of the Organization.

From Room I, ideal for major conferences and ceremonies, as well as for a variety of cultural productions, and the Ségur Hall, which showcases large exhibitions, to the panoramic restaurant on the 7th floor for special events catering, UNESCO provides event planners with an opportunity to offer their guests exclusive meetings and prestigious cultural events in the most international building in Paris.

Space Rental: Organize your event now: rooms and prices

Whether it is a VIP cocktail for 50, an inaugural reception for 250, a grand banquet for 1,300, a gala dinner or a special celebration, the highly adaptable UNESCO Restaurant Service is able to propose several types of menus or customize its offers, depending on the request. The venues for catering, the choice of menus, the elegance of the table decorations and the team of professionals in the kitchen and in the dining area make a perfect combination to help ensure the success of an event.

Restaurant reservation, send us an email: restoresa@unesco.org or call: +33 (0)1.45.68.16.00

 

 

Art and Architecture

The Hotel Majestic on the Avenue Kléber in Paris was UNESCO’s temporary home until 1958, when it moved to its present headquarters on the Place de Fontenoy.

Located on the Place de Fontenoy, in Paris, the main building, which houses the Headquarters of UNESCO, was inaugurated on 3 November 1958.

The Y-shaped design was conceived by three architects of different nationalities under the direction of an international committee. Nicknamed the ‘three-pointed star’, the entire edifice stands on 72 columns of concrete piling. It is world famous, not only because it is the home of a well-known organization but also because of its outstanding architectural qualities.

Three more buildings complete the headquarters site. The second building, known affectionately as the "accordion", holds the egg-shaped hall with a pleated copper ceiling where the plenary sessions of the General Conference are held. The third building is in the form of a cube. Lastly, a fourth construction consists of two office floors hollowed out below street level, around six small sunken courtyards.

Headquarters Construction - Photo Gallery

Plans for the three headquarters buildings were prepared jointly by:

  • Marcel Breuer of the United States: architect and designer, Marcel Breuer has taught and lectured in universities and art institutes in the United States and other countries. He is the author of many widely published articles on art and architecture. His important projects include the Centre and Theatre, Sarah Lawrence College; the Grosse Pointe Public Library; and the airport terminal buildings at Fairbanks and Anchorage.
  • Pier Luigi Nervi of Italy: engineer, architect, teacher and writer, Pier Luidi Nervi has designed and constructed many buildings in Italy, making special use of reinforced concrete. These projects include stadiums, theatres, industrial plants, department stores and airport buildings.
  • Bernard Zehrfuss of France: architect and adviser to many official and private organizations, Bernard Zehrfuss won the Rome Grand Prix. Among his works are the National Centre for Mechanized Industries, the Renault motor car works at Flins and many housing projects in France, Algeria and Tunisia.

An international panel of five architects approved their project: Lucio Costa (Brazil), Walter Gropius (United States), Charles Le Corbusier (France), Sven Markelius (Sweden) and Ernesto Rogers (Italy). American architect Eero Saarinen was also consulted.

The buildings, which are open to the public for special events, contain many remarkable works of art. As soon as the architectural plans for the site at the Place de Fontenoy had been approved, UNESCO commissioned a number of great artists to create works to adorn the future premises. In some cases, the works are also intended to evoke the peace that the institution has sought to establish and preserve throughout the world.

Over the years, other works were acquired. Various Member States donated some to the Organization, including works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Erró, Alberto Giacometti, Eduardo Chillida, Henry Moore, Rufino Tamayo or Isamu Noguchi, among others. Both famous and unknown artists all have their place in this universal museum that echoes the diversity of artistic creation throughout the world.

Works of Art - Photo Gallery

 

Location

UNESCO Headquarters are located at 7, place de Fontenoy in the heart of Paris.

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