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The Nationality Rooms

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Neighbourhood: North Oakland
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Address: 4200 Fifth Avenue, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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+1 412-624-6000
09:00 - 16:00
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We had no idea the number of nationality rooms included in this building! Wandering around and exploring was fun, we had a great time leaning some new things. Only not a five star... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
Michelle G
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

We had no idea the number of nationality rooms included in this building! Wandering around and exploring was fun, we had a great time leaning some new things. Only not a five star because after a 45 minute wait we were still unable to get an audio guide- just given the keys to check out the rooms ourselves... but still... More 

Thank Michelle G
West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 20 February 2017

By the way, the picture shown is of the main hall, not a Nationality room. Each room is classroom size, and they're actually sometimes used for classes! Stop at the information desk and pick up the audio tour. You can enter rooms in any order, I believe there are about 30, so maybe look at them online first so you... More 

1 Thank scoutandboo1961
Chappaqua, New York
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

I would say if you don't have time, the 3rd floor which is free of charge is very very nice. I would visit 3rd floor first, and then if you have enough time, visit the 1st floor which requires admission fee. Loved the very impressive Gothic hall.

1 Thank OrquidLady
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh's main Oakland Camus is home to a total of 30 Nationality Rooms representing the various ethnic cultures that our diverse population. These rooms are functional classrooms,used daily, and are designed, decorated and furnished beautifully to reflect the best features of each ethnic culture. Of these Nationality Room, nineteen (19) are original... More 

Thank MLPreik
Bridgeville, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 21 January 2017

it is a very nice place. must get the thing to listen to it gives you a lot of stories behind each and every room

Thank Alex I
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2017 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 

1 Thank ermagertz
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

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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Reviewed 14 December 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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8 reviews
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Reviewed 14 December 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

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