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The Nationality Rooms

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Address: 4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone Number: +1 412-624-6000
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Super Cultural Experience

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Thomas K
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 

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Avondale, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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!!

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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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Sherrard, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

We were looking for an inexpensive way to spend a few hours and found it fun to explore the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh. The rooms were designed to represent the culture of various ethnic groups that settled in Allegheny. Beautiful historic building!

Thank klkk2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

The architecture and open spaces are truly beautiful and interesting to walk through and enjoy. We opted to get the "special keys" to open the downstairs Nationality Rooms. They were neat for the first few but become terribly boring as time went on. With so much access to history and world expertise at U Pitt, we were surprised that the... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

In a world where divisive mindsets rule more often than not, it is refreshingly touching to see unified diversity embedded with such care to detail under one roof in the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning. The Nationality Rooms as they are called, is a group of 30 classrooms each representing the multicultural groups that helped build Pittsburgh. Each room... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

These rooms are an amazing tribute to the cultural heritage of Pittsburgh. Classes were in session, but I was still able to see the majority of the rooms which are beautifully designed and decorated. Really a treasure for the students at Pitt that get to enjoy these spaces.

Thank Yolanda W
Franklin, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

I am not into architecture but wow, this building is magnificent! It is worth the effort, just to walk around in it but we paid a nominal fee to tour the Nationality Rooms and enjoyed it very much. There are various rooms in the building and several are designated for the Nationality Rooms. Each room is decorated with one nationality... More 

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