The Nationality Rooms, Pittsburgh

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A group of 29 classrooms comprise The Nationality Rooms, which depict the ethnic groups that built the city. These classrooms, which were donated by various groups, are part of the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning and feature d├ęcor and furniture indicative of each culture. Ethnic groups represented include Austrian, Chinese, Scottish, Lithuanian, early American, Russian, Israeli and more. Although 27 of the classrooms are regularly in use, you can visit the unused classrooms to deepen your understanding of the city and its origins. Take a guided tour or choose to visit the site when it hosts a lecture, seminar, exhibit, or other event. Founded in 1926, these classrooms are a Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation historical landmark. Arrange your visit to The Nationality Rooms and discover more family-friendly attractions in Pittsburgh using our Pittsburgh trip builder.
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  • August 8, 2017
    Elevator takes you to top, you can view entire Pittsburgh hills. Bottom floor kinds of dark (even with light on) but is big hall you can rest. Restroom on 1st floor.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Each room is interesting and worth inspecting. I found it quiet when I visited, so it's a good place to go and get away from the buzz of the city.  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    What a unique attraction. The Chinese room is just gorgeous. Some are more ornate than others, but they all have something to offer and they are worth a visit. Great way to learn a little about the na...  more »
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  • June 4, 2017
    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
  • April 30, 2017
    So many great rooms to explore! Excellent cultural reference
  • April 19, 2016
    A lot of work has been put into making accurate cultural historic rooms. They are maintained very well. Self guided and free to view. Major events around Christmas.
  • June 12, 2016
    Need 6 stars. Best thing in the city. Free lobby. Cheap, only 4 dollars to go I to the rooms. One of my favorite sites in the usa
  • August 29, 2016
    Free, beautiful, and a great place to tour. It really looks like hogwarts

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