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Review of The Nationality Rooms

The Nationality Rooms
Ranked #15 of 157 things to do in Pittsburgh
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pittsburgh, pennsylvania
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46 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Hidden and unique gem of an attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

The nationality rooms at the University of Pittsburgh are beautiful, and speak to the melting pot nature of the city. Each room is decorated and built with native supplies (wood, lighting, etc) from each country. These rooms are used daily as classrooms. During the Christmas holidays the rooms are decorated according to local country customs. Truly a unique attraction.

Visited August 2013
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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43 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Trip around the world without leaving Pittsburgh”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2013

Pittsburghers are very proud of their ethnic heritage and the Nationality Rooms inside the Cathedral of Learning (the rest of which is also pretty nice) are a great showcase of this diversity. Each of these rooms serves as a homage to a particular group of people who live in Pittsburgh and built to resemble that nation as it looked prior to the establishment of the university (1787). There is also an American heritage room that looks at colonial America. My favorite room is the Israeli heritage room, lined with Jerusalem limestone and adorned with a lovely mosaic on the floor.

Visited October 2012
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Don't miss the Christmas decorations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2013

The Nationality Rooms are gems with a glance at cultures and education around the world. Don't miss them specially decorated for Christmas.

Visited December 2012
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Pennington, New Jersey
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150 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Absolutely worth a visit if you are near the university!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

This Cathedral of Learning is an amazing place to visit. Even though we were there when the classes were in session, we either waited for classes to finish or peeked thru small windows. You could get a map from the office and use your iPhone to get a audio tour of the rooms. There is also a history tour with many pictures on a TV in the main floor. The common room with the cathedral ceiling and huge pillars is also a great picture spot. Visit the place on a weekend for a guided tour.

Visited August 2013
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Rockville, MD
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174 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Worth a Visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2013

We toured the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh and found it very interesting. While there are over 20 of them, you don't need to see them all. Each ethnic group in Pittsburgh funded and (I guess) help design the rooms. Definately an international flair to your visit to Pittsburgh.

Visited August 2013
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