The Nationality Rooms

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  • Address: 4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, United States
  • Timings: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-4126246000
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Family And Kids

When you’re at the Cathedral of Learning, make sure you don’t miss out on the famous Nationality Rooms. The Nationality Rooms are a series of 29 classrooms in the Cathedral, located on the 1st and 3rd floors. The rooms are designated as official historical landmarks. All the rooms are so intricately designed and constructed that they are of the finest museum calibre, but they are used mostly as classrooms by the faculty and students. Only the Early American and Syrian-Lebanon rooms can be accessed via guided tours, and visitors throng to them whenever they enter the cathedral.

Each room depicts a certain ethnic group, and is donated for by the respective ethnic group itself. Each room is dedicated to depicting the culture and traditions of the particular group, which gives every room its own unique characteristic. For example, the Syrian- Lebanon room was originally a rich Damascan Merchant’s library, before it was moved to the Cathedral intact as it originally stood, thus preserving the authenticity of the room. Apart from being two of the Cathedral’s most visited rooms, they also host lectures, seminars, concerts exhibitions, and social events which focus on the various heritages and traditions of the nations represented.

  • The Nationality Rooms are available daily for public tours as long as the particular room is not being used for a class or other university function.
  • To avoid political implications in the room, no political symbol is permitted in the decorations, nor a portrait or likeness of any living person.

The Nationality Rooms are the most treasured spaces in the Cathedral of Learning. It isn’t just a classroom, but each room is a marvellous homage to the culture it represents. It is a marvel to witness and a great learning experience at the same time.

  • Unlike most museums, there are no static museum displays. The University uses them regularly as active class rooms.
  • Don’t forget to ask for your own headsets when you are taking the guided tour.

  • Tour timings are subject to change.

  • Bus Nos: 87, 71C, 71 A, 93, 75 will take you to the Cathedral of Learning, which is where the Nationality Rooms are situated. Get down at 5th Avenue.

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  • The Nationality Rooms Address: 4200 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, United States
  • The Nationality Rooms Contact Number: +1-4126246000
  • The Nationality Rooms Timing: 08:30 am - 05:00 pm
  • The Nationality Rooms Price: Free
  • Best time to visit The Nationality Rooms(preferred time): 12:00 pm - 02:30 pm
  • Time required to visit The Nationality Rooms: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 13.24% of people who visit Pittsburgh include The Nationality Rooms in their plan

  • 45.45% of people start their The Nationality Rooms visit around 12 PM - 1 PM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see The Nationality Rooms

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

58.33% of people prefer walking in order to reach The Nationality Rooms

People normally club together Phipps Conservatory and Uss Requin while planning their visit to The Nationality Rooms.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • $4 will get you the audio tour and a key to open the 1st floor rooms. The 3rd floor rooms are FREE and open with a switch that will play the tour info overhead. It is easy to spend an hour or more looking at each of the rooms. Some rooms have much more intricate details than others but the overall concept of being able to see a little bit of history from so many places in a single visit is well worth the time. When your done, take a ride to the 36th floor for a quick view of the city.

  • Absolutely beautiful, informative, and worth a visit

  • THIS is how you fool your people

  • These are such a gem! It sounds kind of like a silly attraction (rooms in a larger building, decorated in the vernacular style and architecture of different ethnic and national groups), but these are really a must-see stop for any visitors that come to Pittsburgh for the first time. Also worth checking out again during the holiday season!

  • Trully a work of art! I toured all the classrooms when I was 16 on summer vacation. Viewed the city from the babcock room on the 40th floor

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