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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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We stumbled upon the cathedral of learning when we were exploring the park and campus and loved the nationality rooms! We had about an hour to spend exploring the rooms that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2013
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Fort Erie, Canada
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Fort Erie, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We stumbled upon the cathedral of learning when we were exploring the park and campus and loved the nationality rooms! We had about an hour to spend exploring the rooms that were open and loved the uniqueness of it. Would have spent more time if we had it but were glad we found this Pittsburg treasure.

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Malvern, PA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

We were on a college tour to Pitt and Carnegie Mellon and I had read about these rooms. The visit was $4 for adults; $2 for students and included a free audio tour that was helpful. Each room is decorated as a classroom in a specific country with items from that country. For example, the England room included a fireplace... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Probably, Pitt is the only university in the Eastern United States that went far enough to commemorate its support to local ethnic communities during the peak of "melting pot" propaganda. Nationality rooms reflect the uniqueness of Pittsburgh, the city with a strong local identity created from a mosaic of different immigrant cultures. The only "con": you would have to schedule... More 

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Pittsburgh
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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

So often, one can live so close to an attraction, and yet not see it for decades. I just began to explore the Nationality Rooms even though I am from Pittsburgh Pa. One can get lost in the atmosphere of these rooms, especially when they are empty and you are the only visitor. Unique small artifacts are part of the... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

The Nationality Rooms are located inside of the beautiful Cathedral of Learning tower that belongs to the University of Pittsburgh (it's also one of the tallest university buildings in the world). There are 27 rooms in total, with more in the making. Each room embodies an individual culture and is filled with unique artwork and artifacts honoring local customs and... More 

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Tacoma, WA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

I grew up visiting the VA hospital a lot. Because I got bored, I would walk down the hill to the Cathedral. This place is amazing! The Nationality rooms are so interesting. If you can, take a tour. The guides provide wonderful description and history of each room. Highly recommend it!

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San Luis Obispo, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Not to be missed--an experience like no other in the country! That a university would put the resources behind this project shows a unique vision. It gives a whole new meaning to "multi-cultural"!

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Upper Montclair, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We stopped in to the Cathedral after our college tour at Carnegie Mellon. It was a quick 5 minute walk. To see the Nationality rooms on the main floor, with audio, you pay $4 each plus a few dollars for the audio tour. There are additional rooms on the third floor which doesn't have an audio section. The third floor... More 

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Pittsburgh
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

I went to the University of Pittsburgh (CAS 1990) and like to bring my out of town guests and those from other countries visiting me to the Nationality Rooms on the Pitt campus. This a TREASURE and worth taking a tour or wandering around by yourself.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We live in Pittsburgh and attended the University for graduate school. We love to take visitors to the Cathedral of Learning when they come to town. It's an astonishingly beautiful place and so surprising in the middle of this urban campus. In the Cathedral are these beautifully decorated rooms called the Nationality Rooms, each of which were decorated and furnished... More 

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