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The Nationality Rooms

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Address: 4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone Number: 412-624-6000
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Each of these 30-some rooms in the Cathedral of Learning is decorated in the style and motif of a different country. Each is simple and handsome, reflecting the country's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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133 reviews 133 reviews
44 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Each of these 30-some rooms in the Cathedral of Learning is decorated in the style and motif of a different country. Each is simple and handsome, reflecting the country's essential design style and elements. Nothing like it anywhere else I've been.

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Shaker Heights, Ohio
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62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

It was interesting to see the different classroom styles and hear where the designs and artifacts came from. Some of the narratives are a bit long and loud. Teen son was unimpressed so probably a good thing we couldn't see all the classrooms. If you want a full tour go at the weekend or when school is out

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Buffalo, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Visiting the Nationality Rooms is an amazing way to see some of the best parts of the world's cultures, all from one building! Pay one price and you can walk through Austria, Hungary, Germany, Russia and more. Each room is a classroom designed like a different nationality, and each room is uniquely and equally breathtaking. Note that not all the... More 

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maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

This is definitely a must see if you have young kids and you're looking for a neat way to introduce them to different cultures. Like others have mentioned, the rooms are on the 1st and 3rd floors. Some rooms have an audio switch so make sure you hit the switch to learn more about the room. Each room also has... More 

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Louisville, KY
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We were only able to see some of the rooms, which was a disappointment. I would call and see which rooms were open. Each room is so unique and interesting. It is hard to imagine theses are also teaching classrooms. Well worth the time and educational too.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The nationality rooms are on two separate floors. You will need a key to open some of them on first floor (third floor is free). The key is $4 and totally worth it. Make sure you get it on the first floor and don't forget your photo ID. They will give you audio guide and hold you ID. When you... More 

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Highland, Maryland
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189 reviews 189 reviews
84 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

The building is great with a Hogwarts like feel, a slightly squinky gift shop and the classrooms are truly beautiful and historically fascinating (Just look when the Russian or German rooms were built for example) Much better than expected

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Pittsburgh
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88 reviews 88 reviews
21 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

After living in Pittsburgh for 40 years and having classes in this gothic building, I finally actually toured the Nationality Rooms and it was worth the wait. The tours were excellent, even though it was kind crowded. The history of each room and the Pittsburgh ethnic community that designed and funded it quite amazing, some rooms are nearly 80 years... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

It is a great way to see classrooms from different cultures. Make sure you push the button by the door to get an audio tour with music.

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Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews 65 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I went to Duquesne Universty a few years ago so I never appreciated the cathedral of learning. Now that both my kids go to Pitt I broke down and checked out the nationality rooms. It's really a microcosm of Pittsburgh's cultural past. To this day Pittsburgh celebrates its cultural diversity in many ways and these rooms are a way to... More 

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