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The Nationality Rooms

4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (North Oakland)
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Ranked #8 of 91 Attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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English first
Forest Hill, Maryland
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49 reviews 49 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

Part of our Lenzer Tour of the city was a stop at the Nationality Rooms. We thoroughly enjoyed this part of the tour. We especially enjoyed seeing the rooms that coincided with our nationalities. The rooms are all assembled with materials from the country of origin and are spectacular! A don't-miss if visiting the university.

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Indiana, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

These are just beautiful. Each of the nationality rooms are decorated to represent the nation they were based on. They are simply stunning and would make a great rainy day activity while in Pittsburgh. And they are inside the Cathedral of Learning, which should be seen also. Breathtaking.

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Lumby, Canada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The Nationality Rooms are located in the Cathedral of Learning on the campus of the U of Pittsburgh. These rooms reflect about 34 different countries and are terrifically enjoyable to visit. Each room displays the motif and culture of a specific country and contains artwork and items that reflect life in that country. Each country has it's own theme whether... More

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a favorite Pittsburgh place of mine. If you have interests in other cultures, languages, art or architecture you will love taking a tour if the a nationality rooms. The rooms are often in use dung the day so without a tour it is difficult to see them. Each room is designed and created by the septic people the... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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136 reviews 136 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Amazing, I never get tired of these rooms! There's every nationality here, carefully tended by the groups. Lots of holiday events. Unfortunately, you need to ask for a key to get the self guided tour, unlike days of old when they'd all be open all the time. But worth it, as not all of the rooms are open.

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Falls Church VA
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The rooms were an interesting combination of architectural elements and furniture. Many were designed around 1940 and world history has caught up with them. Still it was something different to do. No tours - one carries one of those telephone-like devices that narrates the story of each room.

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Oceanside, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

On the first and third floors of the Cathedral of Learning, there exists a number of classrooms that are themed for different countries of the world. For the small price of 4.00, you are issued a key, a map, and a narration device (for the first floor rooms only). The classrooms are beautifully decorated to reflect the country they represent... More

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Montecito, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Beautiful building with two floors of country themed classrooms on two levels. $4 at gift shop gets you a key to all the rooms along with audio player. Very unique tour, go at your own pace.

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

a growing collection of rooms designed and decorated to evoke a nationality or culture. Each room has created by a private group which raises the money and with university approval designs a room to remember their history. Well worth your time.

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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Located in the University of Pittsburgh, Nationality Rooms is situated on two floors. The tour is self-guided, and a master key and map to the rooms should be obtained from a receptionist at the small gift center located in one of the maze of corridors. You need to lock each door following your departure. Seating is available in most of... More

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