There are several ways to experience the rooms. Self-guided recorded tours and university student guided tours are available year round. You can also "tour the rooms" online through pictures, videos, and audio.
To handle the large number of visitors, a recorded tour, describing the rooms’ elements, is available. It supplements the tour guide program and allows guests to proceed through the rooms at their own pace. Beginning with the Israel Heritage Room in 1987, each third-floor Nationality Room has its own narrated tour which can run from five to eight minutes. Today, tours are available 360 days a year (as described on the “Operating Hours” section.)
When school is in session the rooms function as university classrooms. Give great care to not disturb classes that are occupying rooms. Audiotape tours are only available on weekends.
- Fall Term (late August to the December recess)
- Spring Term (January to the term's end in April)
School is out of session from the end of April to the beginning of the Fall Term in September. During this time, audiotape tours are available Sundays through Saturdays.
Over the years, many highly-talented students invest a semester of their time to acquire a thorough and accurate knowledge of each Nationality Room which enables them to interpret the classrooms and to knowledgably answer any questions that might be asked. The history of the Cathedral of Learning is included. Trainees are required to pass both a written and oral exam before becoming a member of the organization.
Guided group tours are available for groups of ten or more; reservations must be made two weeks in advance. Group tours booked when school is in session can only visit available rooms not in use for classes. To request a guided, group tour, contact the Tour Coordinator at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youths (6-18 years) $2
Prepare for your visit or experience the rooms via an online "tour". See images of the rooms with accompanying text and audio descriptions. Visit http://www.pitt.edu/~natrooms/pages/allnr.html and choose between the first and third floor rooms.
Interested University of Pittsburgh students train every year to become guides. If interested in becoming a guide, contact the Tour Coordinator and Quo Vadis Advisor.