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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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The Open House was fabulous

The open house was everything the ads promised -- great ethnic food, wonderful dancing by various groups, the rooms decorated for the holidays with talks given by people in native... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The open house was everything the ads promised -- great ethnic food, wonderful dancing by various groups, the rooms decorated for the holidays with talks given by people in native dress. Definitely a place to visit during December, but great any time of the year.

Thank Stembie
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to visit the nationality room go to the ground floor. Pick of the audio and key for all the rooms it. Plan for 3 hours if you want to see all the rooms. The best time is Christmas when they are decorate for the holiday.

Thank Eveliney2016
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a small group who visited The Nationality Rooms on the University of Pittsburgh campus in the Cathedral of Learning. There are approximately 30 rooms, divided on two floors. These rooms also serve as student study rooms, so it is important to call ahead to determine what times these rooms are available to be seen. You have a choice... More 

Thank Marmoore66
Cleveland, United States
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely collection of historic rooms which represent many immigrants who helped build the city of Pittsburgh. Take your time, or don't go. A quick glance will leave you underwhelmed.

Thank Diane C
Clarksburg, West Virginia
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44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spend the extra bucks ($4 per person, you get a key that unlocks the doors) and take the pre-recorded tour that includes ALL thirty of the accessible Nationality Rooms, even if you don't use the recording. They're impressive, not simply for the fact that they are actually used as functioning classrooms when the university is in session (can't tour the... More 

Thank dmwnc1959
Vancouver, Canada
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193 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing and well done. Each room is unique and very fun to open the big door and explore the cultural uniqueness of each room. There is a brochure you can pick up on the ground floor that has a map to the rooms located on 2 separate floors of the Catherdral of Learning. The ground floor of the COL is... More 

Thank CanadaKids
Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our boys graduated from Pitt. When we later visited one of them, he took us to see the cathedral. The rooms are numerous and each is beautifully done in the architectural style of the nation represented. Flip the toggle switch near the door for an audio description.

Thank GregLight
Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

first of all when you get in to this historic university building, it is stunning inside. very impressive architecture. the nationality rooms were even more interesting. each rooms are very different and uniquely themed and designed. i didn't buy a tour to see all the nationality rooms, but fortunatley many of them were open for free, i was able to... More 

Thank litefire
Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had not taken the Nationality Rooms tour since being an undergrad at Pitt decades ago. Walking around campus on a trip back, I decided to walk through the Cathedral of Learning. This is a beautiful building and great example of Gothic architecture. The nationality rooms tour is $4.00 and you can either go with a human guide or use... More 

Thank MonkeyChuckle
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

The rooms are all so beautiful and intricately made. Even after seeing the rooms countless times, I still feel amazed when I walk into one of the rooms and feel the immense amount of culture around me. Also, Maxine Bruins, the woman who is in charge of the Nationality Rooms, is very passionate about them and is a lovely person... More 

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