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The Nationality Rooms

4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 (North Oakland)
412-624-6000
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Ranked #9 of 94 Attractions in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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English first
Niagara Falls, New York
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

When in Pittsburgh, the cathedral of learning is a must see. On Columbus day weekend, we got a free tour of the nationality rooms. They were spectacular, and so detailed. If there is no free tour, buy a key for 4 bucks. There is a switch in every room to turn on narration so you can learn about the room.... More

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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We went on a Sunday and in order to go into the rooms, you have to buy a "key." During the week, the rooms are open. The view from the top was amazing!

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Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

In Pitts Gothic Cathedral of Learning the Nationality Rooms are decorated like classrooms from around the world in the late 1800's. These are no static museum displays. The University uses them regularly as active class rooms.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Enjoyable and educational experience in experiencing different classrooms decorated by different ethnic groups in Pittsburgh for a nominal cost. Located in the University of Pittsburgh's Tower of Learning, which in itself, is a very atmospheric building.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

My class took a field trip to the Nationality Rooms during Christmas time a few years ago - absolutely beautiful! We had a great tour guide who walked us through all of the rooms explaining every little detail. I really enjoyed learning about all of the different cultures and seeing how they compare to ours. If you are one for... More

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We took a tour of the nationality rooms in the Cathedral of Learning. U Pitt uses most of these rooms as classrooms. Most of these rooms are constructed with materials from the particular country and by craftsmen from the country. The Turkish room has a panorama of the Bosphorus. The seats, which have a design like the top of a... More

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new mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I can't think of any other place in the US that has 28 different rooms representing as many countries and done so tastefully. Each room (with one or two exceptions) includes some sort of classroom setting and includes art and decor from that country. Another reviewer commented that some are very beautiful; others not so much so and I agree.... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I loved going here. I took my Girl Scout troop for Christmas. The rooms were decorated with that country's traditional Christmas decorations. It was fantastic.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I have gone to the Cathedral of Learning to see the Nationality Rooms several times as a PIittsburgher and taken my relatives when they come to visit as well. It's really interesting. Some of the rooms are really beautiful and some not so much, but learning about each country is pretty neat. Definitely a place that anyone visiting Pgh. should... More

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Juneau, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I had a wonderful time wandering the rooms and listening to the information on each country. I should have aloud myself more time but I enjoyed my visit overall.

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