Touring Options & Requesting Group Tours

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For information regarding tourism and the Nationality Rooms, affected by the Covid-19 virus.

 

TOURS WILL RESUME SEPTEMBER 7TH.  PLEASE READ BELOW TO LEARN HOW TOURS MUST OCCUR.

As COVID-19 continues to impact the United States and the world, the health and well-being of the Pitt community is our priority. In order to minimize the impact of COVID-19 on our campus, The Nationality Rooms tours will operate differently until further notice.  The form at the bottom of this page has been changed to reflect that ALL tours must be treated as preregistered visits, only at certain times that are indicated.  No deviation from this schedule or change to the rules by which we admit people as guests of the Nationality Rooms can occur.  Any of these tour slots are set to a maximum of 40 persons.  There is no minimum.  If you had considered coming as a single individual, you may be on a tour slot with other guests.  Your partnership in this effort is essential.  Registrations that are confirmed will receive an invitation and a guest pass.  These will be essential documents to enter the building.

If your group cannot be accomodated because of size, or limited availability on an open tour, please consider the online tours. We encourage visitors to consider scheduling virtual tours as an alternative to in-person visits. Look below for the link to Online Tours.

We are encouraging all tourists and community members to closely monitor this situation and to visit the University's website for coronavirus updates.

Physical, guided tours as outlined above and presented in greater detail in the form below will start in September 2021.

For general questions about touring email the Tour CoordinatorBasic questions related to getting here and parking can be found on the Hours/Location webpage.

To request a guided tour, read below and use the webform at the bottom of this page to make your group tour request.

To request a short presentation to your school or organization, please use the form found here.

 

Open House

The annual Open House, a celebration of the Nationality Rooms, is a Sunday in December.  In 2020, Open House was virtually presented. Check back later in 2021 for how this year's Open House will occur.

Guided Tours

Guided tours will start again in September 2021.  Masks are required of all guests.  Guest access is not guaranteed by registering for a tour slot.  Proper credentials must be presented at the entrance when an invitation has been extended after you have registered.  Please use only the Fifth Avenue entrance to enter and exit for tours.  Safety protocols are in place that affect the many students that must enter and use the Cathedral of Learning too.  Entering by Fifth Avenue will enable them to as quickly as possible get inside by other entrances.  It also places you as near as possible to the Information and Gift Center, which is where you will pay the admissions.  A Building Security Concierge will be at the entrance to check guests' passes and invitation to enter.

Online Tours

Zoom based tours are available via a new secure registration / pay site for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  They are also a way to tour if you cannot physically make it to campus once operations return to a physical environment.  A mixture of video, photos, and audio will enhance the narration of the Nationality Rooms, organized by themes.  Click here to be directed to the registration /pay site.

Recorded Tours

The self-guiding, audio tour is currently unavailable and guests cannot freely enter campus buildings for drop-in tourism due to the ongoing pandemic response.  Check this page again in the coming months for an update on individual touring.

Room Availability

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 when school is in session.

  • 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.

Guided, group tours will go to a selection of rooms that happen to be open during the time that the group is here. Expecting certain rooms to be open during a school day is not likely, and the availability changes from hour to hour. If particular rooms are especially desired by a group, weekends are best since classes do not occur in Nationality Rooms on weekends.

 

Guides

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. 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.

Please indicate the name of the group, for example, Boy Scout Troop 444
By reporting to campus, you are acknowledging that you and all members of your party will comply with all of the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Rules that are in place at the time of your visit and that you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If any member of your party is experiencing symptoms on the day of the scheduled visit, they should not come to campus.
Please indicate how many children / youth will attend the tour. If none, skip this field. Children are $6 admission. The maximum size we are permitted on any tour time slot is 40 people. If you request a time that is full or will be above the maximum capacity with your request, you will be contacted to choose a different date or time.
Indicate how many adults will attend the tour. For any group with children, adults must attend. Adult admission is $10. The maximum size we are permitted on any tour time slot is 40 people. If you request a time that is full or will be above the maximum capacity with your request, you will be contacted to choose a different date or time.
The requested date is not considered scheduled until a confirmation email from the Tour Coordinator is sent in reply. PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST A TOUR SLOT WITHIN THREE DAYS OF THE PROPOSED DATE SO WE HAVE TIME FOR INVITATION AND GUEST REGISTRY TO BE EXTENDED TO YOU.
Please choose only one option from the radio button options. The maximum size we are permitted on any tour time slot is 40 people. If you request a time that is full or will be above the maximum capacity with your request, you will be contacted to choose a different date or time. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL JUST BEFORE YOUR TOUR TIME. There will be very little space for congregating to wait for a tour to begin.
By reporting to campus, you are acknowledging that you and all members of your party will comply will all of the University of Pittsburgh’s Health Rules that are in place at the time of your visit and that you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. If any member of your party is experiencing symptoms on the day of the scheduled visit, they should not come to campus. List the names of the guests arriving with you. For contact tracing purposes, all accompanying guests will be treated as sharing your email address All guests must adhere to the guidelines for entering and touring the Cathedral of Learning and Nationality Rooms. No additions upon arrival are permitted. If you do not have the names of accompanying guests at the time of the request, you must email those names no less than two days before the tour date to the Tour Coordinator.
Based on the University’s Health Rules, masks are required to be worn inside the Cathedral of Learning, the Nationality Rooms, the Nationality Rooms Information & Gift Center, and bathrooms. Masks must be properly fitted and remain on while on tour and throughout the entire duration one is inside a building. By checking YES you acknowledge that you and all guests accompanying you will abide by this rule. Not properly wearing a mask will be grounds for the tour to stop and the person and person responsible for the unmasked person (in the case of a child or a person requiring assistance) to leave the tour and the building.
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