Tours

Notice

The Nationalty Rooms will not be decorated for the 2021 Holiday Season given that tours will end on December 15 and will not reopen again until mid-January. The Holiday Open House will take place online from December 5th through the 12th. Please look under the Events menu to view the calendar of events for the week.

The Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs tours of the Nationality Rooms are available under current University of Pittsburgh operational guidelines due to COVID. Tours require advance registration several days in advance to the intended tour time. The form to register for a tour can be found at the bottom of this page and includes the available tour days and times. 

Public tours requiring advance registration are only available through December 18, 2021.  Tours of the Nationality Rooms will reopen in mid-January.  Please check the web site at the end of December 2021 for updated tour days and times for tours during the spring 2022 semester.

Information related to getting to the Cathedral of Learning and parking can be found on the Hours/Directions section of the web site.

To request a short presentation to your school or organization, please visit the Presentation Request page.

For general questions about touring, contact the Tour Visitors Center at nationalityroomstours@pitt.edu.

Room Availability

The Nationality Rooms are functioning classrooms. Visitors must take great care not to disturb active classes. Audiotape tours are only available on weekends when school is in session:

Fall Term Late August to December Recess
Spring Term January to Late 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 visit a selection of rooms that happen to be available during the scheduled time. Availability to rooms changes hour to hour depending on class times, so expecting certain rooms to be open during weekdays is not advised. Guest desiring to see particular rooms are advised to visit on weekends when the Nationality Rooms are not scheduled for classes.

Guided Tours

Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. Group tours booked when school is in session will only visit available rooms not in use for classes. To request a guided, group tour, contact the Tour Coordinator using the webform at the bottom of this page.  It will enable you to refine your tour request, and the Tour Coordinator will receive your submitted form and reply if there is availability in the schedule for your request. A submitted webform request is not confirmation of a scheduled event; please allow for an emailed confirmation.

Fees

Adults $10
Children & Youths (Up to 18 Years) $6

Holiday Open House

Traditionally in December, the room committees decorate the rooms for the winter holidays and celebrate with a Holiday Open House. The rooms will not be decorated for the 2021 Holiday Season given that tours will end on December 18 and will not reopen again until mid-January. As was the case in 2020, the Open House will take place online starting December 5th.  From December 5th through the 12th, please look under the Events menu to travel through the 31 Nationality Rooms and to listen to Pitt's Quo Vadis guides speak about special architectural features and interesting facts of each room. Take part in the Greek Christmas Trivia Weekend, practice making your own Romanian Sorcovas, see a performance from the Scottish Balmoral Pipes and Drums Band, and discover much more about holiday and winter traditions, food, and stories from countries around the world!

Online

Zoom based interactive 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.

 

Guides

Over the years, the Quo Vadis program has accpted many talented students to join the ranks of volunteer guides.  These students dedicate their time to acquiring a thorough and accurate knowledge of each Nationality Room and the history of the Cathedral of Learning so that they can interpret the classrooms and knowledgably answer any questions. Trainees are required to pass both a written and oral exam before becoming a member of the organization. If interested in becoming a guide, contact the Tour Coordinator and Quo Vadis Advisor.

 

Tour Request Form

Sorry—the University of Pittsburgh will be closed on this day and no tours will be given.

Sorry—there are no Thursday tours available at this time.

Groups of 10-30 people are considered Small.  In addition to per-person admission charges, a $6.00 non-refundable deposit is required after confirmation.

Groups of 31-60 people are considered Medium.  In addition to per-person admission charges, a $12.00 non-refundable deposit is required after confirmation.

Groups of 61-90 people are considered Large.  In addition to per-person admission charges, a $20.00 non-refundable deposit is required after confirmation.

Groups of more than 91 people are considered Jumbo.  A $30.00 non-refundable deposit is required after confirmation is received.

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