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The Nationality Rooms
Ranked #14 of 176 things to do in Pittsburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2014

I wish we would have planned more time for this. The rooms are so beautiful this should take 2-3 hours. Each room is unique and decorated to country of origin. Many are used as small lecture halls so check times and go when you can see all of them! Gorgeous building!

Visited February 2014
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
207 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“What a surprise! Hidden gem in Pittsburgh”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

This tower is quite impressive from the outside but inside it's so much more. The lobby areas and common room are almost something out of Hogwarts but once you start exploring the international rooms (a rental key required at cost for some rooms), it's astounding. Rooms feature architecture and cultural highlights of a variety of countries and ethnicities. Rooms on the 3rd floor do not require a fee and many have audio guides that you can play within the rooms themselves. England, Austria, and France are definitely ones not to miss.

Visited February 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2014

I only had a few hours in Pittsburgh and my driver recommended The Cathedral as a place to see. My timing didn't allow for a tour and I never did figure out where to get the audio tour, but I still thoroughly enjoyed my short visit. The building is absolutely beautiful and the nationality rooms were very interesting. I just walked around opening doors and was able to get into most rooms. There were classes in session in a few so using the peepholes is recommended to avoid disturbing class.

Visited February 2014
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new jersey
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A must do”
Reviewed January 18, 2014

The nationality rooms in the cathedral of learning at university of Pittsburgh was our favorite stop on our trip. The rooms were so interesting and there were so many to look at. I found the audio player kind of unnecessary but if you don't want to get locked out of any of the rooms you'll need to purchase the audio tour for at least one person in your group to get a master key.

Visited October 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Gives You a Taste of the Ethnic Groups That Settled Pittsburgh”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

I have been to visit the Nationality Rooms at the University of Pittsburgh several times and each time I gain an appreciation of the contributions made by the diverse ethnic groups that make Pittsburgh a great place to live and work. The tour guide for our most recent visit to the Nationality Rooms was excellent and was able to provide an overview of some of the holiday traditions for the nationality rooms we visited. Each room displays traditional holiday decorations. The best time to visit the Nationality Rooms is between Christmas and New Years Day, but it is advisable to check the website for the times and days that tours are available. The tour fee is very reasonable and for two adults it was under $10.

Visited December 2013
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