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The Nationality Rooms

Address: 4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (North Oakland)
Phone Number: 412-624-6000
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Ranked #9 of 82 Attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Attraction details
Type: Museums
Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Brantford, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The parking drove me a little crazy at first because I didn't have any USD change arriving here from Canada late morning. After hunting down a gas station and getting a few dollars in quarters we were parked nearby and ready for a nice visit. The architecture was awesome. The lobby was quite impressive and the rooms on the only... More 

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New York City, New York
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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

The Cathedral of Learning is quite the college building (can you say "Hogwarts?" so the Nationality Rooms, housed in this beauty are a treat just to walk around the main floor. The Nationality Rooms are amazing in their detail and cover countries from around the world, often with components brought in from the countries specifically for this. Check in advance... More 

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I have always wanted to see the inside of the cathedral of learning in Oakland. I have wondered around outside a few times but never went in. We decided to do this on New Years eve with a few family members. The cost of the tour is minimal...$4. The tour guide is what was the deterrent. She was boring and... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The Nationality Rooms are located in the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. There are classrooms and offices in the upper floors. As a student, I often went to the Cathedral for a quiet place to study surrounded by King Arthur's Court! The rooms are well preserved with authentic items from the era they represent. It's a hands... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

My family member said "It's like Hogwarts!" Loved just walking around and marveling at the architecture! Wanted to see more than just a couple of classrooms but Christmas weekend, the tours were not available.

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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The rooms dedicated and decorated for different countries and cultures are very well done and educational. Each room has a taped explanation of the displays. Very well done and interesting.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

These wonderful rooms showcase the ethnic diversity of Pittsburgh and the US. They are great for all ages, very educational and a lot of fun.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The Cathedral of Learning is a little overwhelming when you step inside - there are no signs or indications. There is a small booth to help direct people for the Nationality Rooms, which I eventually stumbled across. Since it was a weekday, classes were in session (which wasn't clear on the website, which implied that tours were still being given).... More 

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73 reviews 73 reviews
39 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Stopped by on the way home to DC from Pittsburgh and spent several hours here. You can get a guide sheet to the rooms from the gift shop and, if it is on a weekend, an audio tour. Each room has a placard describing the decorations and some have mini audio tours that you can switch on when you enter.... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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237 reviews 237 reviews
135 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Each and every room was like stepping into a different country and even though it's a little bit like Disney, it's all high quality craftsmanship - so thoughtful and well-done. It doesn't take long to wander around the 30+ rooms and it's so unique. Use the peep holes to see if there is a class before you enter, but if... More 

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