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The Nationality Rooms

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Neighborhood: North Oakland
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Address: 4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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+1 412-624-6000
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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We visited when the holiday decorations were still up and that added to the beauty of many of the rooms. I learned a lot using the audio tour "guide" which is used on the first... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited when the holiday decorations were still up and that added to the beauty of many of the rooms. I learned a lot using the audio tour "guide" which is used on the first floor and is a hand held recorded device for each room. The 3rd floor has a recording that plays in each room. They are adding... More 

Thank ermagertz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These rooms are so great to check out and the decor is so representative of the various nationalities. A place to check out for sure during the holidays.

Thank Norbert K
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much fun to take a tour of the Nationality Rooms. Some are better than others but all of the guides are terrific and it is truly worth peeking into them. Don't miss seeing these when you come to Pittsburgh. You don't need to take a tour of them (you can stop into the ones you want), but I would... More 

1 Thank Ariana S
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

The cathedral of learning is a piece of Pittsburgh history. Excellent to see anytime but especially around Christmas. Well worth your time and small fee to park. Buildings like this aren't made anymore. Enjoy.

1 Thank dnship
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

If you plan to stay indoors this is a good option. You will see a variaty of learning rooms from differnt eras and places. Not very good for small children.

Thank adriane_schneider
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

We visited several of the self-guided free rooms during our visit to the Cathedral of Learning. A guided tour of other rooms was available for a reasonable price but we were on a time crunch with other stops in the city planned. We may hit the other rooms on a return trip. Some of the rooms we visited were the... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016

During the holidays, a docent is available. Luckily, we were able to book a tour and we thoroughly enjoyed visiting about 15 of the rooms on the first floor. Our guide had an incredible amount of background knowledge on the development of the rooms and history, and our multigenerational group all enjoyed being in the classrooms together. We also visited... More 

Thank sidder
Avondale, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

Well kept gem! I have visited Pittsburgh many times and never bothered to explore the Cathedral until now. What an impressive surprise. Visit even if you only have a short time. It is free!!

Thank maryhp998
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Class rooms at Pitt's Cathedral of Learning donated by cultures that immigrated to Pittsburgh. Like going to Hogwarts and you don't have to take any tests. Audio guide is helpful but not necessary. Go at Christmas and the rooms are decorated.

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

I went to Pitt many years ago. Loved the rooms then, loved them every time I returned. The newer rooms are not up to the standard of the ones created just before WW II. We just don't have craftspeople of that standard, or artifacts of that quality, these days.

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