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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 décor 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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  • Hats off to who ever came up with this idea! What a gem. Simply marvelous. About 25 class rooms have been done up in the style and décor of those 25 countries with a beautiful commentary to accompany ...  more »
  • Cathedral of Learning is a historical landmark and the National Rooms are classrooms within the Cathdral of Learning. This building is a a must visit cornerstone for University of Pittsburgh.  more »
  • Beautiful building; outdated yet funny and well done décor in the rooms, revealing of what respectful human universalism looked like at some epoch or another. All in all though, what a powerful statem...  more »
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  • 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
  • So many great rooms to explore! Excellent cultural reference
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Free, beautiful, and a great place to tour. It really looks like hogwarts

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